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Devotional - week of December 24, 2006


when god came down

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

 

John does not tell us about Jesus’ miraculous birth as Matthew and Luke did. He does give us some explanatory and interpretive statements about Jesus’ birth in the first chapter of his gospel.

 

In verse 1 John states that the Word was with God and the Word was God. John announces in verse 14 that the Word or Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us. And then he went on to say that Jesus was full of grace and truth.

 

In verse 18 John gives expression to one of the truths Jesus brought into the world.

 

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [explained] Him. 

 

John presents a contrast between Moses and Jesus in verse 17.

 

For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John

 

With those words John exalts Jesus by elevating Him in importance above the great Moses.

 

With a brief stroke of his pen Paul explained how the grace that Jesus brought us is greater than the law that Moses brought us.

 

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 5:20-21

 

Paul testifies in Romans 7 that he experienced an existence that he referred to as death when he was living by the law, but he testifies in Romans 6 he says one experiences life when living by grace.

 

The life Paul mentions was made possible by Jesus who came to earth to be crucified, buried and resurrected. This life is available to all who will receive it.