Read: John 1:1-14
John 1 describes a transformation that is more amazing than any metamorphosis in the animal world. In this chapter, you will read about the incarnation, God coming to earth in human form. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Why would He do that?
Jonathan Edwards examined the meaning of the incarnation and God’s marvellous grace. He said, “It was total grace that God gave us His only begotten Son. The grace is great because of the excellency of what is given. The gift was infinitely precious because it was a person of infinite glory, one infinitely near and dear to God, one infinitely worthy. The grace is great in proportion to the benefit we have in Him: deliverance from an infinite, eternal misery, and enjoyment of eternal joy and glory. The grace is great in proportion to our unworthiness; instead of deserving such a gift, we merited infinite ill from God’s hands. The grace in bestowing this gift is most free. It was what God was under no obligation to bestow. It was what we did nothing to merit. It was given while we were yet enemies, and before we had so much as repented. It was from the love of God that saw no excellency in us to attract it. And it was given without expectation of ever being repaid for it.”
Grace is God sending His only Son to die as a criminal so that God’s enemies might live. From the perspective of most human beings, grace is a free gift, undeserved and unearned. From God’s perspective, grace is a priceless sacrifice – infinitely costly and precious. Such great grace justifies great gratitude. We would never be able to thank God enough for what He has done for us in Christ on the cross.