Jn 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The beauty of the book of John is that Jesus’ Lordship is being interpreted. Jesus was indeed a King (Matthew), a Servant (Mark) and the Son of Man (Luke); but here in John’s Gospel, Jesus was portrayed as the Son of God. He’s The Word, He was with God at the very beginning and even though He could be seen throughout the Bible I many forms (Sacrificial Lamb, Angel of the Lord; Pilar of Fire, etc); it is the book of John that prepares us for Jesus’ coming in the flesh (the living epistle or living Word of God).
God sent His word to the earth in the Old Testament, through Moses in the form of the Law (The Commandments) Jn 1:17 For the law was given through Moses. Now His Word is coming in the form of Jesus Christ. I want to focus on how how The Word entered the earth; Jn 1:17 … but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Many Christians don’t follow Jesus’ lead; grace and truth. Many lead with Truth, which often comes in the form of a “hammer”, a “Holier than I” attitude, or a judgmental presence. Jesus is the Way and Truth (Jn 14:6), and He could easily come in judgment of everyone of us. However, He leads with Grace first. I like to think of grace being a pillow or fluffy mattress that the Lord allows us to fall on. Regardless of how far we fall, God’s Grace gives us a soft landing spot. Rather than hammer us for not meeting God’s righteous standard, Jesus gives us Grace first, demonstrating His love for us. After all, it is his goodness that leads to repentance (Rom 2:4…not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance).
We need to remember that God’s goodness is what opened our hearts to Jesus. It is a proven method that the Lord has demonstrated to perfection for centuries and if we want to win others to Christ, we need to learn how to lead with Grace. If we desire to share Jesus, the least we can do is share Him the same way He does.
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