John 1:1-18 are such beautiful verses and as I glanced at them to write this post, I was again overwhelmed by all the angles I could discuss. However, I am going to grab only one small nugget from there but it is oh, so worth sitting in and reflecting upon that whole passage.
The Word became a human and lived
among us. We saw His glory-the glory that
belongs to the only Son of the Father-
and He was full of grace and truth.
Because He was full of grace and truth,
from Him we all received
one gift after another.
The law was given through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ!
As I read this, the two words that jumped out at me continually were the words GRACE and TRUTH. When Jesus walked on this earth, the two things that He was full of were GRACE and TRUTH. That is how He revealed Himself to us and we have the privilege of living in that beauty. It is cleary different then living according to the Old Covenant.*
The one thing the American body of Christ seems well-versed in is the law; how to live a moral life, what it looks like and doesn't look like. However, according to John, the two things that defined the life of Jesus as he walked upon this earth, grace and truth, are the two things that seem so far from our grip and understanding. Throughout my journey in Christianity, I have heard so many Christians shy away from grace. I've even had a reader stop reading my blog because of my emphasis on grace. "If you just teach grace," they say, "it's dangerous." They are absolutely right! Jesus is dangerous, and grace is radical. It is only by grace that we can freely walk out our faith. The problem is that instead of embracing the dangerous beauty of grace, we try to tame it and have people focus on the law and the do's and don'ts of the law.
If grace is scary to you, I would encourage you to go on a journey to discover and understand it. Don't try to tame it, but learn to walk in it. If you do, you will be walking in the reality of who Jesus Christ is.
(So that was all a tangent!) Over the last 3 months, I've had 4 people ask me how to hear the voice of God. Wow, that is a tough question, when I had to put words around it. If you are a Christian, you already do hear the voice of God, but you may not be recognizing it as such. Understanding, who Jesus is, will help you recognize His voice.
Perhaps, it is a female thing, but I have lots of "voices" influencing my day, everyday. Am I measuring up to what so and so thinks or asked of me..., if I do such and such is that okay? Frankly, it is tiring to listen and try to measure up to so many voices! After reading these verses in John 1, I have been challenged to listen ONLY to the voice of Jesus. What a concept! How do I recognize it? It is the One and only voice full of Grace and Truth; and in that voice and that voice alone do I find rest. (Read John 10:1-14 for verses supporting the concept that our Good Shepherd does talk to us and that we need to recognize and follow only His voice).
P.S. Are you following my blog on Facebook yet? If not, you can find me under pages: For His Glory Alone. I currently have a link there for a great sermon about the *New Covenant. Check it out!