One of my favorite passages that tells an important part of the Christmas story is John 1:14,16.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
During the Christmas season, almost everyone looks forward to the celebration of family and friends and the big reveal of what is under the tree. The gift givers have poured their hearts into making just the right choice for each person on their gift list. Each beautifully wrapped package under the tree holds the promise of something great – something that will meet a need, fulfill a heart’s desire and bring joy to the heart of the receiver. The Christmas morning atmosphere is filled with great anticipation of getting something new and maybe life changing.
Sometimes the gifts we receive bring us face to face with the truth. For example, getting a gift of new workout clothes helps you realize you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle. But at the bottom of the box, the giver has shown grace by also including a full year of gym membership to help you get started in the right direction and stay on the path to better health.
This Christmas scenario remains me of the gift that God the Father sent to us through His Son Jesus Christ. The Father knew that we needed someone to meet our need, fulfill our heart’s desire and bring joy to our hearts. So, the Father sent the Son, Jesus Christ – the best gift – filled with grace and truth.
The Apostle John explained for us that God had already provided truth through the law given to Moses. But truth on its own is a harsh task master and we are unable to meet its requirements. We needed someone who could meet the requirements on our behalf. Through His life, death, burial and resurrection Jesus Christ met the complete requirement of truth. In Jesus Christ, God also provide the fullness of grace. It is grace that has rescued us from the condemnation of the law.
But that’s not all. John 1:16 states that He gives us grace upon grace – overflowing and abundant. Jesus gives to us redemptive grace, pardoning grace, and restorative grace. He fills our heart’s desire with a fellowship of grace. He helps us to stay on the right path by His sustaining grace. His life changing grace covers us and transforms us into His disciples, His followers, His friends. His grace fills us with joy.
Each year we celebrate His coming as a baby into the world. We prepare ourselves daily for His coming again as King over all creation. We rejoice in His matchless grace toward us!
The King is coming! Get ready!