14 And the Word became flesh, and [k]dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of [l]the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me [m]has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness [n]we have all received, and [o]grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth [p]were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:14-18
It was an incredible thing for the early apostles to not only be eye witnesses of all that Jesus did, but to also behold His glory. To be able to walk daily with the Son of God and be able to physically experience the awesomeness of who Jesus is. Jesus is full of grace and truth and those who were broken and down trodden were drawn to Him because of His love and His grace. The prideful and self-righteous of Jesus day wanted nothing to do with Him. They didn’t believe they needed a savior, but those who were broken flocked to Jesus in the hope of touching Him and hearing His voice.
John the Baptist was sent before Jesus preparing the way for His coming. John the baptism understood how much greater Christ was then himself. He understood that he was called and anointed by the Lord to simply proclaim the message given calling all people to repentance at the coming of the Lord.
In Jesus we receive grace upon grace. His grace is far greater and deeper than we even understand. But we should never cheapen God’s grace and take advantage of it by using it simply as a license to sin. Understanding the depths of God’s grace should actually drive us to holiness understanding that we are saved by grace alone and not of our works. We have done nothing to earn the grace of God.
The law and was given through Moses. Under the Old Covenant the nation of Israel was governed by the law. But the law could not produce righteousness as the law simply revealed mans need for a savior. But our answer for salvation was found in Christ alone. It is through Jesus that grace and truth were found. Our covenant under Jesus by His blood is so much greater than the Old Covenant. Those of the apostle’s day who would desire to return to the law were simply foolish.
The only one who has fully seen God the Father is His Son Jesus Christ. Before we come to Christ we are born in sin. We are in bondage of sin. But for those who receive Christ and leave this earth through death they then find themselves immediately in the Lord’s presence. But as John penned these words before Jesus came, Jesus was the only one who saw the fullness of who God the Father is. Jesus has made the way for us to approach God the Father with confidence and without hindrance. It is because of Christ that we can draw near without fear.