For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Moses, the great prophet and leader in the Old Testament, laid down the law. He was God’s instrument in revealing the ceremonial, civil and moral law to the people of Israel. However, the law was “a shadow of the good things that [were] coming — not the realities themselves” (Hebrews 10:1). Jesus came to fulfill what the law had been purposed for all along — grace and truth.
The law was a reminder that we couldn’t meet God’s expectations. We could not obey the law outwardly with our actions. Neither could we obey the law inwardly with our thoughts and attitudes. We needed grace, so Jesus came as the greatest expression of God’s grace. He did for us what we could never do for ourselves. He bore our sins in His body on the cross. He died so that we could live. Jesus provides the free gift of grace.
The truth of the law called us to holy living — set apart for God. Again, on our own we could never reach such a high calling, so Jesus came to reveal God to us. He is the “way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus is the perfect way of conveying God’s truth.
Father, I pray for anyone who does not know the grace and truth of Jesus. I pray that You will open their eyes to see the free gift of salvation offered by Jesus and show them that only through Him can they have a personal relationship with You. Open their eyes, soften their heart, and make them Your child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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