John 1:16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. (NRSV)
John 1:16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. (NIV)
Jesus Christ, our Lord in the flesh is the revealed presence of God. In the fullness of his humanity we have seen the grace of God which was extended to us through the law come to life.
One type of grace has replaced the other. Jesus is the constant reminder of the love for all that has been created by the hand of God. Undeserved grace reaching out to every human by the love of God in Christ.
I love sitting on the warm sands of a beach and being drawn into a sense of peace while listening to the waves of the ocean return again and again, splashing their might upon the earth. This is the vision of the grace of God which comes to us time and again throughout life. Just when we think that we have done something that will destroy our relationship with God, the waves of grace come crashing in around us and we are overcome by holy love.
The holy love of God is transformational and the grace of God pulls out into the current of the Holy Spirit. In this place grace abounds even more as we are soaked in this grace day in and day out as the holy love of God leads us in our daily lives.
The blessing of grace cannot be controlled and neither can we stop the waves of grace from coming toward us. God loves us beyond anything that we can imagine and nothing can inhibit that love. God will always be reaching out and trying to draw us back to the one who has created us. Thanks be to God!
Lord, words cannot express the gratitude in my heart for the blessing of your grace. Amen.
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