Grace and Truth

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For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:17

It’s a short little verse really, nice phrasing, sort of a lyrical quality, but it falls within a chapter that is full of profound and quotable verses, so it almost gets overlooked. John had a certain way with words, don’t you think?

I’ve never seen this verse on a bumper sticker or a sign; I’ve not seen it added to a nice picture either, yes maybe it’s overlooked, but consider what it says…

“For the law was given through Moses.” Doesn’t that make the Law sound rather impersonal, a bit like a judge handing down a verdict? “The Law was given,” seems to me almost a scary thing, certainly a difficult thing.

Contrast the law being given with the rest of the verse: “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

The Law Was Given. Grace and truth came… It’s a bit like grace and truth are a person, and they came to pay us a call. Yes, that’s how it strikes me, they came here and sat down at the kitchen table for a visit over a fresh cup of coffee. Yes, grace and truth are so much more personal than “the law was given…”

Now see what happens when we connect this short little verse with the one before it, verse 16:

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 1:16-17

Law can never do that, but grace can. Jesus Christ brought grace and truth with Him when He came here to pay a visit, and He left His grace and truth behind in abundance! What did the Law ever do for us?

It condemned us.

Grace and Truth bring with it forgiveness from all of the condemnation of the Law, and with that forgiveness it brings eternal life for all who choose to receive it: Wow!

Even more, Jesus is still with us today, through the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Why not pull up a chair, grab a fresh cup and visit with Him again in His grace and truth!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to Grace and Truth

  1. Reblogged this on Caged No More and commented:
    Such a beautiful post about our Savior

  2. paulfg says:

    Transfiguration Wednesday!! Wahoo!
    Your post sent me back to a thought this morning (no post – just a thought and a slow cuppa):

    “The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”” Matthew 17:10 – when they were coming down the mountain afterwards.

    And my thought was that even with Jesus there and rocking – the embedded culture was “teachers of the law”.

    And how much we take for granted with grace and truth and love and forgiveness – how the boys had no way of absorbing that as we have. And yet we have the same confusion with our embedded culture now as they had with theirs then.

    • Don Merritt says:

      You’ve that right! For the boys to have been confused is understandable, but for us? Yikes! And yet, here we are, taking grace, truth and love for granted…

  3. Reblogged this on Sandra's Blessings and commented:
    Love this.

  4. Elaine says:

    Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    Like this piece a lot! Thanks for sharing this Don! I encourage folks to check out Don’s blog, The Life Project. Lots of great stuff to read!

  5. Telitru says:

    this is one of my favorite passages! So much to meditate upon, how blessed we are all the souls that have come to life since the incarnation! It staggers the mind. We can and should be humble and grateful.

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  7. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Because they offer such a concise discription of Jesus, the verses Don Merritt discusses in this post are among my favorites. The key words are Grace and Truth. Because He loved us, even as sinners, He offered us His Grace. Even though we deserved no such thing, He forgave us our sins. With His death and resurrection on the cross, Jesus paid the full cost of our sins.

    Sin is an ugly Truth, but with Grace Jesus soften that Truth.

    How can we imitate Jesus? We cannot. We cannot die for each others sins, but we can strive to live in Grace and Truth. We can offer each other Grace and Truth. We can accept the Truth about ourselves and each other. We are sinners, but we can soften that Truth with Grace given in love.

  8. Shelly says:

    Just read this passage yesterday and was struck by the same words ‘ grace and truth’. Love it when the Lord highlight something in Scripture He really wants us to meditate on. Great post!

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