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TBONE61
Dec 11th 2008, 03:24 PM
John 1:1-17 (New King James Version)

1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2] He was in the beginning with God. 3] All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4] In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5] And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7] This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9] That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10] He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11] He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13] who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14] 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. 15] John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16] And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17] For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 (New King James Version)

16] For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17] For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

The Nature Of Christmas (Grace and Truth)

Note especially verses 14, 16-18. Jesus entrance into this world was accompanied by grace and truth. His life on earth was marked by the same. His divine glory was revealed as full of grace and truth. The nature of Christmas should be a fullness of grace and truth.

it is revealing that in our world, Christmas is often full of greed and falsehood, with an emphasis on getting and on fueling foolish myths of the holiday season. Grace is giving, it speaks of the goodness and graciousness of God. God so loved the world that He gave. Truth reveals man's sin which brought guilt and condemnation, the Law of Moses revealed the helplessness of man. Christ came with both grace and truth in order to rescue and save lost sinners.

FOR TODAY: Express both grace and truth to someone today.

matthew7and1
Dec 11th 2008, 03:32 PM
Thank you, that was beautiful!