Grace and Truth

Scott Hoezee

Read: John 1:14-18

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (v. 17)

Theologian Neal Plantinga notes that Jesus was full of “grace and truth,” but Jesus seems to have been the only one. Most of us have one but not the other. Some people are full of truth and you wish they weren’t! They will always tell you what they think—“Your casserole had no flavor!”—but they never season their words with grace and so their “truth” always hurts. Others are so full of grace you’re never sure if you are getting a straight answer from them—they compliment everything and claim they never get offended over anything.

Jesus was full of grace and truth. Probably that is why he was so magnetic to “sinners.” Most religious leaders in Jesus’ day were willing to tell people the truth: “You are terrible sinners!” But since they never had any grace to go along with that truth, the truth killed people’s spirits. Jesus knew the truth about the sins of everyone around him. But he was so full of God’s grace that the truth did not scare people off.

Despite what people say, you cannot “make Christmas last all year long.” But we can let grace and truth characterize how we treat people all year long. We want people to know that although sin is serious, grace is always right there to make things right again. Like Jesus, we also want to make the gospel magnetic! —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: Jesus, fill us with your grace and truth and help us display that to everyone we meet all year long. Amen.