Day 5-When Grace Comes Down
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.–John 1:17
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a personal visit with God? What would He say about the state of humanity? About religion? About our propensity toward sin? There is no need to wonder about what God is like or would say, because to know Him, we have only to look at Jesus. In Jesus we have received grace, but there is even something more we have received: truth.
The kind of truth John spoke of in today’s scripture is not a list of laws and rules such as were given to Moses. Make no mistake–the revelation of God through the word of the Law was glorious. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai after receiving the ten commandments, his face shone so brightly with the glory of God that he had to wear a veil (Exodus 34:33-35). But the word of the Law cannot compare with the word of life that has been revealed through Jesus!
In John 1:18 we learn that no one, not even Moses, has ever seen God. But Jesus has not only seen God–He is God. The truth that John was speaking about is a clear and unveiled vision of the true nature of God. It is from a state of grace, not legalism, that we find real and lasting transformation. Looking at God through the lens of legalism and religion is like looking at Him through a veil. Only when we see Him through Jesus Christ can we truly get a glimpse into His heart. It is from a state of grace, not legalism, that we will find real and lasting transformation (2 Corinthians 2:7-18).
“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.”–John Newton
Bible Reading: Genesis 9
Prayer Focus: Have you been looking at God through the veil of legalism and religion? In Jesus, we see the full revelation of the nature of God: His love and holiness, mercy and justice, compassion and power all perfectly and beautifully expressed. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you see God through the eyes of grace and truth given to us in Jesus Christ.