Daily D – John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NLT)
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish. (MSG)
Ricky Bobby in Talladega Nights preferred the “eight-pound baby Jesus” to the full-grown Messiah. I’m pretty sure he’s not the only one. However, that’s not a real option, is it?
This verse tells us about Jesus the man. Take note of the description.
The Eternal One stepped into time in the usual way.
He lived as we live. He lived among people in his neighborhood as we live around those in our neighborhoods.
It didn’t take long to see there is something different about Jesus. He is glorious. He is so like His Father.
Jesus is a man of grace. Jesus is a man of truth. He overflows with both of these heavenly characteristics.
Some people prefer the wonderful grace of Jesus. Others prefer the powerful truth of Jesus. Again, it’s not really an option to choose either of these attributes to the neglect of the other.
Truth without grace says mean things on social media about people with sins different from ours.
Grace without truth says nice things about people no matter the sins people commit.
We need to know Jesus in full. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). He is the Only Way, the Right Way, and the Joyful Way.
He is the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth.
He is the Life, the Good Life, and Eternal Life.
No matter how good or bad we pride ourselves on being, there is a Better Way.
No matter how right or wrong we consider ourselves within our epoch and citizenship, there is a Greater Truth.
To know Jesus as he wants to be known is to know a Grace Greater than All Our Sin.
To know Jesus as he wants to be known is to find true freedom in the Truth that Stands the Tests of Time.
It is ultimately unloving not to relate to ourselves and others with grace and truth. We need truth for direction and grace for redirection. We need truth for an unchanging standard and we need grace because we can never meet that standard on our own.
We need more than an eight-pound Baby Jesus. We need the full-grown, crucified, buried, resurrected, and ascended Jesus who is more gracious than any objection and more truthful than any argument to the contrary.
We need Jesus in all his glory.
I will see Jesus for who he is, and in seeing him in this way, see everything else, including myself, in proper perspective.
Our Father, thank you for grace greater than all our sin. Thank you for truth bigger, better, and broader than all human reason. Thank you for the glory of the incarnation. Thank you for songs to sing and prayers to pray as we declare our faith and worship you with praise. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“