I recently posted this picture.
It sparked quite a bit of interest and so I thought we would dive into this topic a little more.
John 1:14 says 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.
I just love this verse. It actually kind of makes me envious to be quite honest of the men and women that were able to witness this. I would have loved to live there and walk with Christ, hold His hand, and hear Him speak of His Heavenly Father. What an amazing thought. Amen.
As believers we often times long for the coming of Christ or just for the moment that we will be in His presence and sitting at His feet. I love the pictures that are depicted of Christ with little children surrounding Him. What a perfect portrait of a God who loves His children so much that He is sitting among them.
John 1:1 tells us leading information for verse 14 it says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word was God. Both of these verses use the same Greek word. Logos which means Word. Verse 14 says the Word became flesh. So God became flesh. And made His dwelling among us. John was a witness to His glory. He was a witness to the glory of the One and Only Son.
What makes my heart melt about this verse is just the comfort of knowing that my God is not unreachable. He loved us so much that He came down and made His dwelling among us. He is not some far out unreachable deity that I can never attain. He came here to die for my sins and for yours.
The thought of one day being able to be in the presence of my Lord is not unreachable. It is not unattainable. Why? Because of His Grace and Mercy.
I like the NLT version of this verse. Isaiah 59:12 says: For our sins are piled up before God and testify against us. Yes, we know what sinners we are.
I think that we can all be honest about sin. It is the things we think, say or do against God. Most of us are aware of our imperfections. No I don’t mean crooked noses or teeth. I'm talking about things such as anger, hate, greed, malice, lying, and deceit. We’ve all been there.
Isaiah 59:12 explains my sin as it really is. Before a God that is perfect they are piled up. Like my dirty laundry it is just piled before me. They testify to the person that I am without Christ.
Because of my sins, I deserve a consequence, a penalty. The penalty before me is death.
On the cross God extended His Grace to me. He looked at my pile of dirty laundry and He said I will make it white as snow. And He laid it upon His Son. What do I deserve for the choices that I have made? What do I deserve for all that has piled up before my Lord?
I certainly don’t deserve God’s forgiveness. This is God’s Amazing Grace! Because God is merciful (He doesn’t give me what I do deserve, which is death) He sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins, to take my place. Because God is graceful (Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve) I can live in eternity with Him in Heaven.
Mercy = God doesn’t give me what I deserve. Grace = God gives me what I don’t deserve
He doesn’t give me death even though I deserve it (Mercy). He offers me life eternally with Him (Grace). That my friends is a gift.
We experience Mercy and Grace from others so we can see these two things played out in our everyday lives.
Mercy may look like this. You go speeding through town 10 mph over the speed limit, police officer pulls you over, and because he is merciful (doesn’t give you what you deserve) the police officer doesn’t give you a ticket. Instead he smiles at you and lets you drive off with a warning.
Grace may look like this. You show up late for work, you sit and text your friends all day long, and you take extra-long breaks. Because your boss is graceful (gives you what you don’t deserve) you get a raise even though you are not receiving any "Worker of the Year" awards.
Grace and Mercy. Both rely on a God that loves you more than your sin. He did what it took to stand in your place. You see when Christ came to dwell among us He was full of grace but not at the cost of not speaking truth.
Truth is, we are sinners but grace wins because Christ died on the cross in our place.
What a glorious day!
Comment below. Tell us your story of mercy and grace from your loving Father or share with us how you have experienced grace and mercy from those around you.