“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:1-5,9-14,16
This passage shines with the majesty and mystery of Jesus, the Word made flesh. With God from the beginning, one with God and Creator of all, Light personified, He came to be received. Yet many received Him not. Those who do believe are born into His family, becoming His children forever, yet even this receiving is an act of His will and power. It is His arms, not ours, that take us on Himself and into His everlasting life. All is grace, grace upon irresistible grace that we cannot fathom but gratefully accept.
To be named as God’s child? Is there a greater gift, a more meaningful adoption, a stronger security? And this belonging is all of His grace, unbreakable, unshakable grace that entered the earth at Christmas, reached out on earth through healing hands and powerful interactions, that poured out in effectual cleansing from the cross, that embraces us for eternity when we receive Jesus into our life.
How can it be? Amazing grace! Wide grace! Uplifting grace! Limitless grace! Grace that pierces through despair and sorrow, grace that energizes the weak, grace that heals the broken-hearted, grace that teaches the way to go, grace that convicts of sin, grace that redeems our folly, grace that renews heart and mind, grace that unifies the divided, grace that leads us home.
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive her King;
let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
and heav’n and nature sing!” ~Isaac Watts (1719)
Good Savior, Your fullness cannot be stopped or quenched, and I bow in humble awe at its abundance to me. May I ever and joyfully sing of Your grace, allow its purifying work in my life, and spread it generously to others. Prepare my heart daily to acknowledge and lift high Your grace, and every heart to make room for its marvelous work and glory.