The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Word become flesh is none other than our Savior Jesus. This is often repeated at Christmas time and it is a key to any study of the gospel of John.
When Jesus arrived, He was full of grace and truth. This balance is important as it is ignored in many churches. As a generalization, conservative churches emphasize the truth of Jesus and preach a “turn or burn” gospel message. Liberal churches preach love and acceptance with little emphasis on the truth of repentance.
Obviously we need both and there needs to be a balance. Jesus didn’t hold back when it came time to preach about repentance. He had harsh words for many of the religious leaders and others who felt that they didn’t need a savior.
But Jesus was also full of grace and mercy for people who fell at His feet in tears and acknowledged that they were sinners in need of forgiveness.
This is just as true today. Those who trumpet their own righteousness of political activism, charity work, or even “good deeds” will receive the harshest truth from the Lord in comparison to His righteousness. But those who beg for mercy because they know they are sinners will find a Lord full of grace.