In our culture we seek God on our own terms and for our own reasons. Seeking God has become a self-salvation project, another assertion that we are the standard that judges all things – including God. Against this John tells us that God seeks us for his own reasons – grace and truth make it impossible for us to boast, instead, we are confronted with the choice to trust. [Audio | Notes]
For further thought
Q: Why is God making himself known in Jesus different to God imagined or God discovered?
Q: How do we succeed and fail at combining grace and truth in our lives and churches?
Q: Is John defining Jesus as, the word of God, the light, the life enough to say John is claiming Jesus is, somehow, God?
Q: What do you make of the subtle distinction between the word and God or the Son from the Father in this passage?
Failing to understand ourselves in the 1st & 21st centuries
John tells us the secret of life is a person, not a principle
and we have seen his glory – full of grace and truth
and we have seen his glory – the light, the life
and we have seen his glory – the creator
and we have seen his glory – grace & truth in the death of life
no one has seen God … but the Son… has made him known