John 1:16 & 17 “Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
How can we receive grace in place of grace? First of all, let’s think about what the first grace is that we have received: it is the word of God that Moses heard from God and passed on to the Children of Israel as God’s laws. But how is the law an act of grace? Well, why do we try to teach our children right from wrong? To protect them; to help them make good decisions; to teach them to consider others’ needs as well as their own; to teach them that sometimes obedience without understanding the reasons why is often because we know better than them what is best for them. And that is why God gave us the law- not to spoil our fun, but to put in place limits that would make society work. Surely, that was an act of grace- the gift of instructions for how to live a happy life.
And yet, we can not keep all of God’s laws, just like our children cannot keep all our rules.
God, in His immeasurable kindness, decided we needed a new grace in place of the grace already received- and so the Word of God became a baby, who would grow up to make a new and living way into God’s presence by taking all the punishment for all thebroken laws onto His shoulders and dying the death we deserved. His resurrection, by the power of the Holy Spirit, sealed this new covenant that we can enter into with God. And that same power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, is graciously available to us today to help us life the life of joy, peace and hope that we are unable to do under the law alone.
That is the grace and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that will never lose its power!