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“God became human so that humans could become again, in reality, human.” St. Augustine
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 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.
Can the mystery of God be explained in 3 minutes?
The answer to whether we can explain the mystery of God in a three minute article is simple. Absolutely not!
However God, who is unknowable and beyond our comprehension, can be known. Jesus has come to make him known (verse 18). The phrase, “make him known,” is literally “explain him.” Jesus has come to earth to explain the nature and character of God.
Imagine the presentation of a magnificent marble statue. It sits in the art gallery with a velvet cover over it until it is finally made available to the public. When the cover is unveiled, the beauty of the statue becomes clear to everyone.
Jesus pulled the cover off of the character and nature of God, the Father, to show us exactly what he is like. That is what the word, “glory,” means. The best way to know God is to study the life and teaching of Jesus.
When we see God’s character, what is there?
Notice the words that John uses to describe God’s wonderful nature and character. They are: grace, truth, and grace upon grace. As we read through the Gospel of John we will see multiple examples of God’s grace and truth on display through the actions and words of Jesus.
Jesus will show us what is really real (truth) and he will display all of God’s actions toward humans that we could never in a million years deserve (grace).
Dear God, only you could consider human beings as worthy of your grace and truth. You have given us the greatest of all gifts, Jesus. May we respond to your grace and truth by welcoming you into our lives as our very best Friend.
Thanks for joining this study. May God bless you as you meditate on God’s gracious love. Please leave a comment for the readers of real-voices. Thanks again.