He is full of grace and truth. There are a couple of verses in the gospel of John that have fascinated me.
“And the Word (Jesus) 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
“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
Grace and truth. Off the cuff these two words seem like the odd couple. When I think of grace I see a ballerina floating across the floor. Grace seems soft, gentile, beautiful, no rough edges. Thinking of truth I see a gavel slamming down and the echo of oak on oak in a court room. Those are just accumulative feelings of experience and cultural influence.
There is some truth to those definitions but not ‘the whole truth’ as they would say with right hand resting on the bible. Grace does have in it simply an essence of ‘always welcome.’ Who would shun grace, really, no matter how it is defined. Truth is not always welcome but it will prevail as they say.
Jesus is full of both…grace and truth.
I am contemplating these concepts afresh.
What is your knee-jerk, off the cuff definition of grace and/or truth?