Today’s Bible Journaling is from John 1:14, “And the Word was made 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.” (KJV)
The amazing part of this verse for me is the whole idea that God’s Son became human, walked on the face of this earth, and became our avenue for salvation. John says in the very first verse of this book that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (KJV) The study Bible I looked at said that “the idea behind the title embodied God’s revelation of Himself to humanity.” Jesus is the Word! In order for Him to help us relate to Him, He needed to become human, experience the things we experience, and that helps us know that He understands the things we deal with on a daily basis. He also had to become man in order to provide the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
Our verse says that He is also full of grace and truth. He embodies grace and truth. If you are looking for a definition of grace or truth, look to Jesus. Grace is what God extends to us in forgiveness and in healing (physically, emotionally, and spiritually). Because of His great love for us, He made a way for our salvation and He brings healing. Our verse says also that He is full of truth. When Jesus says He will do something, or when He says something, we can fully rely on it. He does not lie, He IS truth. He IS grace.
How awesome to think that everything He endured here on earth was for our benefit! He desires a relationship with us, one that is close and everlasting. He wants us to rely on Him for everything. He wants us to come to Him in every situation…in pain, in sorrow, in confusion, in a steadfast certainty that He will be with us, in joy and exhilaration, in peace! He wants to rejoice when we are rejoicing, and He wants to cry with us and bring comfort when we are in pain and agony. He wants us to tell Him everything! When life is bringing us joy and it seems like nothing could go wrong…He wants to hear about how awesome it is! When we are grieving and feel like we are in a dark pit, He wants us to tell Him how we feel. He even wants us to question…yes, question…why? It’s ok to ask why. He’s right there to provide the answer and to comfort us.
God’s grace has been described as unmerited favor. He offers us grace for salvation when we do not deserve it. But I think grace can be more than that. Grace is God’s way of showering us with His love. Whether it’s blessings that fall on us and cause us to be grateful for His provision, or His holding back on punishment we deserve, He extends grace to us daily. He is truly full of grace and truth, and we can trust Him for everything. There is nothing in our lives that He does not already know about and has control over. That is a comfort…to know He holds the reins of our lives and is in control, even when life seems to be spinning out of control. We can rest in Him.