And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14
Grace. The Word born to life and living among us, a tiny baby born in an insignificant village, living His life in humble surroundings. He was God’s finest gift, treasured like you and me, held in His Father’s arms and close to His heart.
But one night, God leaned low. He bent down to earth and set that baby in a manger, giving Him to a world that so desperately needed His kind of love. It was a moment of grace lived out from the heart of our Father God who loved us enough to give us His only Son.
Can you feel God leaning down, holding that baby in His arms, all the while knowing that Jesus would die for you and me? And yet still, He laid him in the manger? And Jesus grew and became strong in spirit and lived in our world, full of grace and truth. He gave grace and taught truth everywhere He went, and still greater, He magnified it on the cross so that it continues to shine down on me and you today.
That’s the immense love of God who leans toward us in all ways, wanting to be present in our lives, wanting us to know Him more fully.
His grace appeared.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11, NKJV)
His kindness was immense.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. (Titus 3:4-6, NKJV)
And of His fullness, we have received.
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17, NKJV)
This Christmas season, let’s remember that God’s grace works well, His kindness is immense, His fullness is poured out upon us from the outstretched hands of a tiny baby.This is the immense love of God who leans toward us in all ways, wanting to be present in our lives, wanting us to know Him more fully. Click To Tweet God’s grace works well, His kindness is immense, His fullness is poured out upon us from the outstretched hands of a tiny baby. Click To Tweet
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How has the grace of Jesus appeared to you in the past? I’d love to hear your thoughts below and what you write will encourage someone who comes along later!
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you thanking you for the grace you sent to us through a tiny baby. A little child that would grow up to be our Savior and King. We praise You and worship You and thank You for so freely giving to us of your fullness. Help our hearts be open to receive that gift and all that You have in mind for us. Thank you for your love and kindness. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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