Grace Upon Grace
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[a] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[b] who is at the Father’s side,[c] he has made him known. John 1:14, 16-18
I remember as a child one of the things that I enjoyed about Christmas was getting gifts. There would be many gifts wrapped under the tree and often we would try to figure out who had the most or the best gifts. When I was a child we would spend Christmas Eve at one set of grandparent’s and the children would receive gifts. Then Christmas morning at our house, late Christmas morning at the other grandparent’s house for more gifts and breakfast, then back home to rest for adults/play for us kids, and later to our great-grandmother’s house for more gifts and food. It was a great time to be a kid and it was so much fun. I look back feeling blessed to have had family nearby and to have them bless me so.
God too has richly blessed us. He has sent us his Son, Jesus Christ as a gift to us. He is God’s Word become flesh and is living among us. It means that God is nearby us to bless us. The very name Immanuel means God with us. It is in Jesus we get to see God’s glory, not the bright lights of Christmas but the Glory of God.
Jesus was full of grace and truth. It is out of that fullness that we all have received, grace upon grace. I don’t know if you have thought before about the greatest gifts or blessings that you have received but none are greater than Jesus. In him there is grace on top of grace, like the piling up of gift up gift.
Grace is the greatest gift but to receive it in heaping proportions defines for us God’s intentions and his desire for us. It is life-changing! In receiving this grace upon grace verse twelve tells us that those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. We are children not because of who our earthly father is, but because God is our Heavenly Father. It is by his will and desire that we are his children and receive as a gift grace upon grace. We receive it through his Son who has reconciled us to him through the gift of his own very life.
Many will shop, celebrate, give gifts, spend time with family, and feast, but without Christ we have missed the greatest gift given in all of human history. The gifts we give and receive whether few or many will never compare to the gift of life given through Jesus Christ. That grace upon grace takes us where we are and makes us sons and daughters of God. It is life-changing and life blessing to know we are loved by the Father and we are his.