For many of us, we often skim over this verse.

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

We don’t pay much attention to it because we think that since

“The Word became a human being and lived with us,
and we saw his Sh’khinah,
the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 [CJB]

So not only was Jesus the Son of God, He was a really nice, truthful guy, and that’s it.

But beloved, there is so much more to the fact that Jesus came. The fact that we saw His Sh’khinah, His presence, His manifestation, in our midst, that means that in Him, all the prayers of old now have substance and a tangible means of fulfillment.

And more importantly, ‘God loves you’ is now no longer just an idea. We actually have a tangible person, fully man, yet at the same time, fully God, to whom we can look to for deliverance, provision and protection. Indeed, Jesus is, as John said,

“The Word, which gives life!
He existed from the beginning.
We have heard him,
we have seen him with our eyes,
we have contemplated him,
we have touched him with our hands!” 1 John 1:1 [CJB]

And historical records have shown that there was such a person called Jesus walking the earth when the Bible said He was. So that He existed on this earth at some point in the past, that is an undeniable fact. Now comes the exciting part.

“Adonai, don’t withhold your mercy from me.
Let your grace and truth preserve me always.” Psalm 40:12 [CJB]

When we read this, we think, yes, well, the kindness of God’s heart will make Him keep His promises to us, right? The supposition of God’s deliverance is based on His emotions and character traits, intangible attributes which cannot be held to account. For what is ‘grace’ and what is ‘truth’?

But beloved, think about this carefully, what is ‘grace and truth’?

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17

Grace and truth entered this world through the Son of God. Therefore, ‘grace and truth’ are now no longer intangible attributes. ‘Grace and truth’ is now a person, Jesus. So when we say ‘let your grace and truth preserve me always’, we are essentially saying, let Jesus preserve me always. And doesn’t He promise that?

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

For “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 [CJB]

And also “I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9 [CJB]

And so “…I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.” John 10:10 [CJB]

Not only that, we can have confidence that our faith in Jesus is not unfounded or based on weak foundations; for indeed, Jesus, ‘Grace and truth’, The Word of God, has been made greater than the whole of God’s reputation, as it is written.

“I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your grace and truth;
for you have made your word [even] greater
than the whole of your reputation.” Psalm 138:2 [CJB]

So that is why when Jesus says,

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

We can have every confidence that He is good for His word because,

“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”” Matthew 28:18

Beloved, this is not merely clever word play. For remember that Jesus said,

“Your father Abraham [greatly] rejoiced to see My day (My incarnation). He saw it and was delighted.” John 8:56 [AMP]

Whether you believe that Abraham had a vision of Jesus during his life or you think that Abraham was looking down from above when Jesus walked the earth, that doesn’t change the fact that before Jesus came, all the world had to go on, in order to know that God loved them, were mystical signs and incredulous natural phenomenon. There was no tangible person, no concrete manifestation of His love. It’s almost like this.

Ever heard the phrase, ‘it’s the thought that counts’? That line doesn’t count for much if the person saying it forgot that it was your birthday, right? And ladies, that line surely doesn’t cut it if your man used that to justify forgetting your anniversary, right?

And so in similar fashion, all the people had to go on to know that God loved them were the occasional signs from God, like manna falling from the sky and pillars of cloud and fire. They only had the thoughts of God and the Words of God, and powerful as they may be, they were intangible. There was nowhere you could go to look for them, nothing you hear, nothing you could see, nothing that would give you cause to enter into deep thoughts about and surely nothing you could touch.

But now came a man, filled with the grace and truth of God. And this man healed the sick, fed the hungry, saved the lost, restored the brokenhearted and raised the dead. He not only embodied the promises that were found in the Word of God, the acted out the Word of God, He fulfilled the Word of God, because He was the Word of God. Finally here was God’s promises brought to life, so that all who were around Him could see, all who were within earshot could hear, all who heard could contemplate His teachings and all who would draw near could experience His touch.

Beloved, because of Jesus, ‘God loves you’ is no longer an idea. This idea became action and proved that not only is God real, His love for you is also real. And the wonderful thing about His love is that He is reaching out for you too. You see, mere emotions cannot reach out and pull you out from your pit. Mere emotions cannot reach into your broken heart and mend it. Mere emotions cannot stand betwixt you and your problems and protect you. But a man can, Jesus can.

And if you will reach back to Him today, He too can stop being just an idea and start being real to you. Because you see, Jesus is not a religion. He is not a belief. He is not an idea. He is a person, who wept just like you did, who hurt just like you did, who was tempted just like you were, and who suffered more than you ever would.

“For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.” Hebrews 4:15 [AMP]

And This Man is the one who is reaching out to you right now, telling you that

“I come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

So if you would respond to His call and receive His offer of peace and rest, then say this to Him right now,

“Jesus, thank You for showing me that You are not a figment of someone’s imagination. Thank You for bringing God’s promises to life. Jesus I know that you are real and I want You to be real for me. I know that Your blood shed has given me full remission of all my sins. I know that Your death has broken sin’s hold on me. I know that by Your power, I can break free from the bad habits and sinful ways which I was once enslaved to. And I know that Your rising again means that I have an eternal home in Heaven with You. So since all of that has been taken care of, I know that you really wouldn’t mind getting me out of my current bad situation and turning things around for my good. Amen.”

Beloved child of God, ‘God loves you’ is no longer an idea. It is real and its proof can be found in the life, the works and the person of Jesus. Spend time with Him in prayer, put Him on your daily ‘must call’ list and experience just how real His love is for you.

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