“And the Word [the Son of God] was made 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 bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:14-17 KJV
The book of Matthew starts with the story of the birth of Christ – But John starts with: ‘Hey, the Son of God always was so there is no need for me to give the story of Mary and Joseph and a manger in Bethlehem – and Jesus is the Son and the Word of God and the Creator and He is Grace and grace and grace and grace and grace…..’
Dear Heavenly Father –Please show us your son and help us get to know Him better as well as getting to know you better. As always, please, open our ears to hear what you are saying. Please open our eyes to see and open our understanding that we may know you. Please continue to pour out your grace upon us! Continually, all we want is more of you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Oh John, I think you had a real, life changing experience with grace! You get just as excited about grace as I do. Grace is the reason for the season! I mean, if Jesus did not die and rise again – complete the work of grace and mercy which we see in the cross and death and resurrection – then we would have no reason to commemorate His birth. He would have just been another prophet. Like King David (yes, king David has many prophetic verses in his songs, although he did not recognize them as prophesies at the time.
For example in Psalms 16:8-11 – David probably thought He was singing about and foreseeing God saving him for his enemies, which happened so many times in David’s songs and life. Maybe David took some artist license and got overly dramatic – or maybe God was speaking and this passage is messianic prophecy:
“8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Psalms 16:8-11 KJV
David was always delivered from evil doers – but it seems a bit dramatic to say you are in hell and God won’t leave you there. Then to say God will not just save you but lift you up to the right hand of the throne?! Only Jesus died, overcame hell, and rose to the right hand of the father – although, I suppose Jesus is of the Davidian linage and therefore David (or at least his DNA) through his ancestor, Jesus, did experience this resurrection.
Paul knew the Old Testament well (and after the resurrection of Christ and Christ’s ascension to heaven) and after Paul began his ministry or teaching Christ – Paul made the remarkable connection between this and other messianic prophecies. Paul used Psalm 16 and other to try to save the Jews as we see in the record of Paul’s preaching to them in Acts chapter 13:
“29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 30 But God raised him from the dead: 31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. 32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.” Acts 13:29-37 KJV
This is some strong proof that Jesus Christ fulfilled the messianic prophesy of resurrection, or at least it should be if you study these passages. Feel free to study deeper in.
More on this grace which Jesus brought – as I wrote last week the messiah was to bring the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31) and just DID bring the covenant of grace (Matthew 26, Luke 22:20, 2 Corinthians 3:6, Hebrews 8, 9 and 12:24!) this glorious grace which was prophesied to come through being forsaken and pierced then vindicated.
Psalm 22 sounds like a messianic battle cry especially verse 5 which promises deliverance and verse 27 which promises the whole world shall turn and worship the Lord – the Lord will send a savior who will victoriously triumph over the enemy. I can understand why they were looking for a soldier and political messiah – but when you read the whole thing, it is very clear that the messiah was to die like Jesus died:
“14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. 18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” Psalms 22:14-18 KJV
And as we see in Matthew 27 through the story of Jesus’s death, Mark 15:34, and John 19:23-24, Jesus fulfilled the entirety of Psalms 22. And more amazing yet – He told us so. When he was on the cross and cried out “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” He was actually not accusing God of forsaking Him – but tell us that He was fulfilling Psalms chapter 22; where verse one begins with: “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
As John 1:14 above says – the Word became flesh. It was prophesied and Jesus finished it as we studied some of today. All for grace – full of grace and truth (and truth so you will not doubt). And as the passage continued of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. This is the grace of the Old Testament and new coming together on Christmas and being fulfilled on Resurrection Sunday – letting us receive and partake of such grace! For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ – so that we may be restored unto God the father and experience the Joy of a relationship with Him! Glory to God!
We must know in whom we believe – that He is the one true God and that Jesus is indeed His only Son! Why? Because the virus causing the world pandemic has mutated and our human efforts have failed – God will get the glory, not man! We shall heal the sick therefore the sick must exist. It is the leprosy of our time. Also, because the days are growing more evil and fear and doubt have overcome our world. We must know in whom we believe in order to stand fast, be solid in our faith. It is also important to understand our God and His son, because if we are in a relationship with Him – we must learn more about Him.
If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
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