January 5

John 1:15-18

“No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” vs. 18

We are so blessed that the Christ was made fully known in the person of Jesus. Through that incarnation we have come to know that grace is the normative word of God for the universe. Obviously humans have needed to invent laws of many kinds in our efforts to live in community. Through the course of time we came to see those laws as the will of God for our life together and have even taught that salvation is dependent upon our obedience. To insure compliance, religious leaders have taught that God is a fearsome judge, one who judges sinners and who condemns the unrepentant to everlasting damnation. But Jesus brought a new word from God, a word of forgiveness, mercy, and love. Of course he wasn’t the first to teach such things–a number of prophets had a similar message for humanity. But Jesus is so clear about grace, and we who are his followers are eternally grateful. God’s last word for us is not, “You screwed up!” but “I love you, and you are mine forever.” There’s a lot we don’t know about the mystery that we call God, but that’s okay–our little minds simply can’t absorb such knowledge. But what we do know through Jesus is enough. Once we know that we are loved there’s little else that we really need to know.

Thought for the Day: Why is love so powerful?

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