Amazing Grace

Rev. Dr. Cecelia A. Walker, Director, Pastoral Care
Princeton Baptist Medical Center

14 And the Word became 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. 16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. John 1: 14, 16 (NKJV)

During this Season of Advent, Christians throughout the world turn their attention to the miraculous and glorious birth of Jesus. We spend considerable time, talent and treasure celebrating. Frequently, the energy we expend causes us to lose sight of the true meaning of the Season.

The scripture quoted above reminds us of the incomprehensible sacrifice God made to grace us with the opportunity to be in relationship with Him. I remember well the feeling I had when my heart was first truly transformed by the magnitude of these verses. I cannot give you the exact date, or tell you what the weather was like. I don’t even remember where I was, but I do remember how I felt. God the Creator of the universe loved me and all of humankind so much the He became flesh and lived on the earth!  

John MacArthur expresses this eloquently when he writes: “This simple statement ‘and the Word became flesh’ is probably the most profound statement ever uttered in the history of the universe… It says infinity became finite. Eternity got squeezed into time. God became man. The invisible became visible. The supernatural reduced itself to confinement in the natural.”

Before we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of all that can capture our focus, let’s slow down… no, let’s pause to reflect upon how we have received from His abundance one gracious blessing after another; to renew our commitment to share the true Message of the Season; and to rejoice in the hope that we have because of God’s Amazing Grace!

Prayer:  Dear God, Your love is incomprehensible. Thank You so much for loving us enough to give us what we need most, a Savior who can bring us into right relationship with You. Help us to surrender to You, placing our focus on living lives that demonstrate our appreciation for Your Indescribable Gift. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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