Grace and Truth
"And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth." -John 1:14
We all need a little grace. This year, with all its problems, more than most years, we need grace. We need a little mercy. We need a little help. We need God's unmerited favor. We need the help that came when God sent his Son into the world. We need grace.
However, the verse says we need grace and truth. We need truth to heal us of our afflictions and help us grow into the people God intended us to be. We need truth to solve the problems of this world. The Bible tells us that Jesus is truth. Jesus is the true light, the true vine, the one who came into the world to testify to the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the revelation of reality itself.
Followers of Jesus have tough minds and tender hearts. They have tough minds, accepting nothing less than the truth, because they follow the One who is truth itself. They have tender hearts, because they have been redeemed through the unmerited grace of God made known in Jesus Christ. This Sunday we continue our sermon series, "The Riches of His Grace," with a message about how we need both these qualities Jesus brought into our world. "The word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth."