Full of Grace and Truth
The Apostle John begins His gospel by telling us that the Word was in the beginning “and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. And that Word “became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son, full of grace and truth.” Now, Jesus is clearly the Word. But how exactly is He full of grace and truth?
Well, as we see the book of John played out we see that Jesus is truth. In fact, He says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father accept through Me.” So Jesus is full of truth because He is truth. But how is He full of grace? Well, I think we that most clearly in the reality that Jesus is God, the creator and sustainer of all things, and yet willingly and kindly and graciously meets people where they’re at. Just think of the woman at the well in John 4. Jesus spoke hard truth to her so that she would see and believe that He is the Messiah. Jesus also met Thomas where He was at in John 20, showing Him the holes in His hands and side, so that he would not be unbelieving, but believing. And Jesus met Peter where he was at in John 21 to restore and encourage Him to follow Jesus even unto death. The Lord Jesus is the Word made flesh full of grace and truth, and is also willing to meet you right where you’re at today.
Something to think about from the Proclamation point of view.