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December 23: The law, grace, and truth



Daily Scripture Reading: John 1:16-18


The law, grace, and truth

Jesus. Sometimes I want to talk more about God and the Holy Spirit. In my head I think… Holy Trinity… We have God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Shouldn’t we attempt to give them equal time even though they are inseparable? Or should we talk about the Holy Spirit more because Jesus said it was coming and it was going to be great?


I think the answer is just simply Jesus. Yes the Trinity.  But no one has ever seen God. But Jesus, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. Jesus has revealed God to us.  Or in the more traditional phrasing God has revealed himself through Jesus.


This is part of the Christmas story. Compare Moses receiving the law from God on the mountain top, to Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.  Both express God caring for people and share the truth.  But through the divinity and personhood of Jesus, more grace is found.


So often I hear people separate out the God of the Old Testament verses the God of the New Testament. They speak as though they are two separate Gods.  Or they use this as a rationale for the difference between God and Jesus. God’s love for us has never changed but through Jesus God’s love became more approachable and relatable.


Put another way…


"No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known." In the mystery of the Incarnation, God steps into our world, veiled in human flesh. The invisible becomes visible, the intangible becomes touchable, and the unknown God is made known. Christmas is the divine revelation that unveils the heart of God — a God who loves us unconditionally, a God whose grace knows no bounds.


Prayer:

Dear God, this Christmas, let us bask in the overflowing grace made available through Jesus Christ. As we exchange gifts with loved ones, let us remember the greatest gift of all — the gift of grace that keeps on giving, grace upon grace. May this season be a reminder that, in Jesus, we find the embodiment of God's love, truth, and grace, bringing joy to the world and peace to our hearts. Amen.


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