Tomorrow, we continue the studies in the Gospel of John focusing our attention on the last section of the prologue.
“Find Your Grace” is the sermon title. We will explore the theme of grace from the last five verses of the prologue.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:14-18 ESV)
Finding Grace in Violence
On January 7th, twelve people were killed at the offices of the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris, France. This slogan was adopted by the supporters of free speech and free expression. In tragedies, we ask several questions. Why? How did this happen? Who is responsible? At the same time, we see people fighting and standing up for what they believe. Bad news is that finding grace in this fallen and broken world is incomplete.
Finding Grace in the Scripture
Violence, injustice, and destruction are not new realities in the 21st century. But also in the book that is popularly known as the good book, we find as much evil and tragedies. The comparison and contrast of the stories of Abraham and Job help us find grace in the Scriptures and provide us with answers to why the world is broken and is filled with evil and how God’s people have found grace in the promises and the personal values of God.
Finding Grace in the Son
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth… For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John says that we have received in Jesus grace upon grace. A complete and overflowing grace. That’s the good news. God’s grace came embodied in the flesh knowing, experiencing, and submitting to the full force of violence, injustice, and destruction in his life and in his death. In the son of God, we see the clear picture of God’s grace written in the Scriptures and feel the comforting presence of God’s paternal, filial, and social dimensions of grace.
Join us to hear the full sermon tomorrow at 77 Post Irvine, CA 92618.
Worship service starts at 1 pm.