“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have
seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from
the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The meaning of grace (χάρις/charis in the original Greek) is more than just the “graciousness of God” – it is the active application of the wholly undeserved favour of God; His absolute loving kindness, made visible to man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not “gracious” but FULL of grace, the very presence of God living in the midst of humankind. Grace IS the person of Jesus – the human representation of God’s goodness and perfection! Scripture says the Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (Col 1:15) Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (Jn 14:9) To know Jesus personally is to experience the fullness of God’s grace.
Spend some time thanking Jesus that He is the very representation of God the Father to us and, through Him, the relationship with our Heavenly Father is restored. Jesus’ work is finished and we are forgiven and made righteous by His blood. In His broken body He has redeemed us from the curse and purchased our healing. Cast all your cares, your fears, your impossible problems onto Him, because He is the God of the impossible, the “Saviour of the world”. To depend on Jesus is to give Him His rightful place as Lord, and the glory and honour He deserves.