Light, Truth & Grace – John 1:4-5, 14-17

“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:4-5

“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 1:14-17

Such beautiful imagery is given here. Light. Glory. Truth. Fullness that results in grace upon grace for us. This is the breathtaking view of our Savior. The treasure that far surpasses all others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, His light pierces all of our darkness. I read once that darkness is merely the absence of light. Once light breaks in, darkness is gone. This is what our Lord does. He breaks in and begins His work of eradicating all the darkness from our hearts. It takes time to reach all of the hidden spaces…everywhere we foolishly try to block light from reaching. But light wins. Praise God for that. He reveals everything that separates us from Him—all that separates us from joy and peace. He unveils the lies we have believed that tell us He won’t really satisfy. And His captivating glory transforms us as we fix our eyes on Him.

There is so much question in the world, in society, about truth. What it is, whether anything is really absolute. Opinions and counter-points surround us, and all of these voices can confuse our thoughts about God, about life…about everything. But in Christ, we are given the Spirit of truth. It’s no longer up to us to figure it all out, to determine whose opinion is the right one. There is one voice that matters. The voice of our God. So we seek Him. We study His Word. We draw near in prayer, pouring out our hearts and waiting for Him to respond in faithfulness. We come to know and cherish the still, small, unmistakable voice of our Lord. He knows all things. He sees all things. His wisdom and understanding are far above our own. There is truth. It is absolute. It will stand forever. And it will set us free.

Our Savior is self-sufficient. He doesn’t need us to fill Him up in any way. His love for us isn’t rooted in something He is missing on His own. He loves us simply because He chooses to. In His fullness, He pours out grace. And not just a little bit, but grace upon grace. Lavish riches beyond our wildest dreams. Because this is the God who dreamed up and created the heavens. So we don’t have to worry that we aren’t “pulling our weight” or fulfilling our side of the bargain. All we need to do is come to Him. Find refuge and forgiveness in the arms of Jesus and allow His light to pierce our darkness. He reconciles us to the Father, and from this point on, we only know perfect love and abundant grace from the God who owns all things and chose us as His treasured possession.

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