My soul is always stirred when reading these first verses of John’s gospel. “In the beginning was the Word . . . and the Word was with God . . . and the Word was God!” Hook up the fire hose and turn on the water! He was in the beginning . . . all things, yes all things, were made through Him . . . in Him was life . . . and that life came into the world to be the true light shining and overcoming the darkness. And, to all, yes to all, who received Him . . . to all who believed in His name . . . He gave the right to become children of God!
Linger over those words, but for a moment, and your spirit can’t help but soar . . . your soul rises up in worship . . . and body wants to go facedown in humbled thanksgiving.
But why should these words mean anything to me? Why would they stir my soul when, for so many others, they fall as stones to the ground? Why are they food and sustenance for this feeble follower of Christ when for so many in this world they are the words of myth, religion, or simply air? Answer: Grace upon grace!
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. And from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:14, 16-17 ESV)
Embodied in the Word . . . essential to the nature of Him who was with God . . . and became flesh . . . and dwelt among us . . . is the fullness of grace and truth. And it is out of this fullness that those who have believed, have received. Though we merit nothing, He has given everything. Though we were beyond helping ourselves, He bore the burden fully on our behalf. Though bankrupted by a sinful nature . . . He paid the price in full and imparted a new nature. Out of the fullness of Him who is the Source of Life, we have received.
And that, is grace upon grace! Abundant grace . . . overflowing grace . . . grace without measure . . . grace without end. Grace and truth coming through Jesus Christ!
No other plea this morning than having appropriated the unmerited favor of God offered freely through His blessed Son. No other ground upon which to stand . . . no other credentials by which I may enter into the Most Holy Place . . . no other hope of not crashing and burning today . . . other than casting myself upon grace upon grace . . . that grace which flows freely from the fullness of Christ.
When all is said and done . . . after the desire to be holy . . . after the determination to try and be disciplined . . . after the disappoint of not being has holy as desired or as disciplined as determined . . . there is grace upon grace for those who are in Christ Jesus. O’ marvelous grace!
Thank You, Father, for sending the Son. Thank You, Jesus, for dwelling among us and making known the Father’s glory. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for giving eyes to see and ears to hear.
It is out of this fullness that I have received . . . grace upon grace!
To Him be glory alone . . .