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Full of grace and truth

Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son. John 1:12-14 GNT

From the text, John describes the Lord Jesus Christ as “The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth.” The Lord Jesus Christ embodies and lived out what grace means. He provided us His grace so we could be made right before Him. He showed to us that though we are undeserving, He extends to us His favor and kindness. We cannot earn nor deserve to receive grace; He freely gives it to us. Those who “receive him and believed in him; he gave them the right to become God's children.” Receiving God’s acceptance of us inspite of our sinfulness stands in sharp contrast to earning it on the basis of good works. To receive Jesus is to believe in Him, to accept Him as the “Word became a human being,” the Christ, the Son of God. This implies not only intellectual assent, but also personal trust. Such dependence and trust will lead to actions that give evidence of full acceptance. The Lord Jesus Christ took on a physical human body so He could sympathize with us in what we are going through in life. “Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Let us have confidence, then, and approach God's throne, where there is grace. There we will receive mercy and find grace to help us just when we need it” (Hebrews 4:15-16). He became man so He could carry our sin to the cross. In this world of sinners Christ came. He wants us to receive Him as Lord and Savior. The greatest tragedy of all is that there will be those who will not recognize Him as Lord and Savior. “He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him” (John 1:11). This is the same tragedy present in the world today. But there are some who do receive Him, and everyone who believes in His name has the right to be born again and to have “the right to become God's children” (John 1:12).


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