One of my favourite passages is John 1:1-14 which is usually read out on Christmas Eve in most traditional-styled church services. In verse 14 it tells us that Jesus, born that first Christmas, was “full of grace and truth.” And, I for one am glad that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and yes forever… because that means He is still full of grace and truth.
Grace and truth
Grace told the adulterous woman, “I do not condemn you” (John 8:11 NASB)
Truth told her, “Go and sin no more” (verse 11 NKJV).
Grace invited a swindler named Zacchaeus to lunch.
Truth prompted him to sell half of his belongings and give to the poor (Luke 19:1-8)
Grace washed to feet of His disciples.
Truth told them, “Do as I have done to you” (John 13:15 NKJV).
Grace invited Peter to climb out of the boat and walk on the sea.
Truth upbraided his lack of faith (Matthew 14:29-31).
Grace invited the woman at the well to drink everlasting water.
Truth tactfully reminded her that she had gone through five husbands and was shacking up with a boyfriend (John 4:18).
Jesus was gracious enough to meet Nicodemus at night.
He was truthful enough to tell him, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5 NKJV).
Jesus shared truth, but graciously.
Jesus offered grace, but truthfully.
Grace and truth.
Because of grace Jesus can accept us as we are.
Because of truth He can then speak to us and work with us to become who we should be.
I am so thankful that the Christmas season reminds me that “Jesus came full of grace and truth.”