This Day in History: 0000-04-01
April 1 – John 1:14 & 16
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.
Do we live as if we believe that truth? Does it feel like we have received one gracious blessing after another? When we go through times of great sadness and loss, like after an intimate betrayal, it’s really difficult to keep this as our perspective, isn’t it?
During these times, our focus tends to center around what we’ve lost. What we don’t have. It’s okay to mourn those things… even healthy to do so. However, if our grieving causes us to doubt the goodness of God, it has gone too far. If we can no longer believe that we have received one gracious blessing after another, it’s time to refocus on some truth.
Jesus Christ – the Word, became human. He was God, yet He left behind every privilege that comes with such a title and put on finite flesh. The One who was without limits, who had no beginning or end, confined His being to the limitations of a human body and was born (began) so He could die (ended). He did it for love.
His unfailing love for you and for me drove Him to give up everything and sacrifice Himself in a way more horrific than we can even understand. He endured the weight of our sins and the separation from His Father that those sins demanded. He did it so we could have a relationship with Him that would last forever.
From the moment we accept the free gift of salvation He died to offer; we begin the process of being sanctified into His image. We take on the identity of Christ Himself! The entire rest of our existence is the execution of that process, the covering of each sin we commit in His perfect blood, making us holy. If that is not grace upon grace, my friends, I don’t know what is.
No matter how we feel today, may we live in the truth that our lives are filled with the unfailing love of God. We really do receive one gracious blessing after another. May that truth sink down into every broken piece of our hearts and sooth it as only His love can!