GRACE AND TRUTH (Part One) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, an we have seen the glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Grace isn’t just getting something we don’t deserve. Grace has a purpose. Christ paid the penalty of our sin, died our death, and it wasn’t just so that we would be forgiven and go to heaven. The purpose of grace is so that we can be in relationship with God again. Although we enjoy the benefits of knowing that God no longer thinks of us with anger and that we can now approach him with confidence, the more amazing thought is that God did all this because he wanted to be in relationship with us! He initiated the great plan of redemption that would cost him his very precious son. He is the one who continues to pursue us while we blindly but intentionally stiff-arm him and hold him at bay. But he keeps grace flowing and thus we never leave his sight or his side.
Because God has given grace to sinners, he can sit at our table or invite us to his. There’s no one who isn’t accepted by Him nor should there be any person we would not eat with. Grace and the relationship extended by grace must be the mark of a Christ follower and it is the front door to our ability to invite friends into truth that transforms. “Full of Grace and Truth.”