READ:John 1:14-18 14The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son. 15John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’” 16Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.17God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.18No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
GRACE AND TRUTHYesterday, we read about the remarkable attributes and the work of Jesus before he became a human. His resume before he came to earth makes his incarnation even more incredible and is our focus today. The Word, the Creator of life, miraculously came to earth to show us God’s glory. There is no one like him. He is transcendent and majestic. At the same time, he is personal and present. Today’s passage highlights Jesus as the perfect combination of grace and truth. God is completely trustworthy. In him, there is no falsehood. At the same time, he is full of grace. He gives us good things. He gives us “one blessing after another.” Jesus’ brother, James, wrote, “Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator of the heavenly lights, who does not change or cause darkness by turning” (James 1:17). God knows the truth about us, yet he is gracious to us. Even though we disobey him, he is full of grace. May we continually focus on God’s grace and truth. He is full of grace and completely trustworthy. May we celebrate the blessings God has given us during this Advent season.
PRAYER:Dear Jesus, thank you for being the Word and becoming a human being. Thank you for perfectly communicating grace and truth. As I look at my sin and the ways I’ve disobeyed you, I am humbled. Please forgive me for the times that I turn my back on you and sin against you. Thank you for all of your blessings in my life. I’m so grateful for your grace and the many ways that I’ve experienced it.
DIG DEEPER:Focus on God’s grace and truth. Thank God for his grace and specific blessings he’s given to you. Prayerfully consider God’s truth about your recent thoughts and actions knowing that he forgives us when we disobey him. Use this portion of Psalm 19 to focus your prayer: Psalm 19:12-14 12None of us can see our own errors; deliver me, Lord, from hidden faults! 13Keep me safe, also, from willful sins; don't let them rule over me. Then I shall be perfect and free from the evil of sin. 14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!
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