For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. - John 1:17 NASB
God gave the law to Moses as the opening gambit of a plan to reconcile man to Himself, but it was never the whole plan.
Paul tells us the law was weak because man’s flesh was weak.
For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, - Romans 8:3 NASB
As I read this verse in John this morning I was struck by the word “realized.” Verse 14 tells us that Jesus was the Word and He was “full of grace and truth.”
Wasn’t the law the word too?
It was only a part of the word!
The word “realized” in the NASB which is more often translated “came” – “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” – has a much stronger meaning. It’s not that grace and truth just arrived, or showed up.
It might be better to say grace and truth culminated in Jesus Christ.
The law made the way for grace by showing us how far we were from the Father.
The law is a fragment of truth, but left us with an incomplete understanding of God.
If we only look at the law, we will never see the true nature of God in all His fullness.
Only by looking at Jesus can we see and comprehend God. God is full of grace and truth – the law is not.
Jesus came to fulfill the law – not to keep it – but to complete its representation of God.
The law is like an abstract line drawing of God, where you can get a sense of His character, but Jesus is a photograph – no – a high-definition holographic – no – He is God in the Flesh. He is the fulfillment of grace and truth.
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