By now, the Christmas season has landed in your home with all it’s busy and delightful frenzy. Plans drafted and resolutions made back in the first week of Advent may be starting to wear thin as deadlines loom and energy wanes. Let’s pause for a moment here to remind ourselves of the purpose behind it all:
And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us; and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
How can you and I have a Christmas that is full of grace and truth?
How can we live every day, extending grace and telling truth?
Simple. We cannot. At least not apart from Christ–
When we talk politics around the holiday table, we’re all about TRUTH—at least our version of it.
When there’s an annoying relative or a needy friend who cuts into our Hallmark movie time with their ceaseless phone calls or who corners us with endless recitations of their medical procedures, suddenly it’s as if someone sucked all the grace out of the room. We’ve had it.
The moments when I have failed to live in truth and to act with grace are the moments when the Gospel is the very best news to me. Listen to what the verse says: He is FULL of grace and truth. He has extra. His perfect obedience led him to the cross, where he not only took my sin, but also imputed his righteousness to me.
So when my day reads a different story: “Michele is EMPTY of grace and truth,” Christ transfers his perfect record of grace-soaked living and adherence to the truth to my account!
He alone is full of grace and truth, and I will only ever begin to move toward living in that way (at Christmas time or any other time!) as I abide in Christ.
We have a tendency to compartmentalize the truth about Jesus’s birth, death, resurrection, and ascension around the appropriate holidays. We think the gospel is only for the unsaved. The truth is that our lives are shaped from beginning to end by the grace of God shown to us in Jesus Christ.
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