by Richard Haney, Frontier Fellowship Executive Director
In its opening prologue, the Gospel of John describes the Messiah as the Word and as One “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). I like the translation that reads, “full of lovingkindness and faithfulness.” Jesus comes to us with overflowing love and grace and mercy.
But this love is not mere affection or attraction. This love is angular. God is the faithful One who keeps His promises. Truth has to do with faithfulness. Like a deeply rooted, mighty oak tree, God’s truth is strong and dependable.
Knowing the truth has to do with knowing God who is faithful—knowing the One who keeps His word and His promises. Our world waits for news we can trust. For news that tells us what is reliable. For promises that are kept. For a Savior who truly saves.
The world’s unreached peoples have yet to meet Jesus. They don’t know that He brings God’s grace and truth, offering them freedom from the never-ending struggle of trying to earn merit and transcend the weakness of human nature. Imagine learning that God accepts you just as you are because of His Son’s atonement and intercession.
For those who do know Jesus, Advent is a season to celebrate the freedom we’ve received through His incarnation. May our experiential knowledge of His grace and truth spur us to tell the Good News of God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness.
Follow along with our daily devotional series for the Advent season.