Day 7

Grace Day

from the Advent 2017: Joy to the World reading plan

1 John 4:9

Advent is a season of anticipation and celebration. We long for the promised Savior’s return, even as we rejoice that He has already come to us. Use this day to pause and reflect on this verse which celebrates the gift of salvation through Jesus, God’s Son.

God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
– 1 John 4:9

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6 thoughts on "Grace Day"

  1. Woody Walls says:

    In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
    1 John 4:9 (ESV)

    Remembering this morning the reason that I celebrate the Christmas season and rejoicing in the hope of Christ’s return. Until that day, may I live a life that reflects the peace, hope, joy and love that is received in Christ Jesus.

  2. Jeff M. says:

    I wonder if this verse is perhaps one of the greatest evangelistic markers of the Bible. How many non-Christians believe that God is the cosmic kill-joy just trying to take away their fun and life? Jesus came TO GIVE US life. Like babies walking around in dirty diapers, CS Lewis’ famous quote says that we are way too content with the temporal and earthly. Jesus came to give us life – sent to the world not to condemn it (we already stand condemned – answer the question “Why can’t people be good?”) but to save it, to save us, to rescue us!
    But then come us…so many “Christians” (I use quotations purposely and carefully) demanding the behavior change of their friend before loving them. We expect behavior change before a change in belief. We love as humans do. God doesn’t love like we do – what a beautiful, overwhelming grace. He isn’t waiting for us to “get better”, be more moral, or have a life coach teach us morality. God came for the sick, the weak, the broken, the ashamed, the guilty, the traitor…for anyone who would confess that “I am not enough”.
    Our good Shepherd is here to love and give life to His sheep. This will come with aches and pains along the way, no doubt. As any good parent disciplines their child for the well-being of the child, God corrects us – but He never distances Himself from us so we have to grovel back to Him. He is always loving, always ready to receive us. Perhaps we don’t see Him as He fully is. I don’t…and most of the time it is hard work for me to really see Him as the loving Father He is. 1 John 3:1 speaks to my soul…”see what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called His children; AND SO WE ARE!” But most of us didn’t have great dads growing up, perhaps. Even the best earthly fathers, Jesus, in Luke 11, says are “evil”. He’s referencing the great love and care our Heavenly Father has for us!
    Jesus, we need your help. Help us to grasp the magnitude of your love. Many of us feel the bad news, and it’s even worse than we could ever desire to know. We are dead. Dead in our sin. And headed towards hell apart from you. We NEED your rescue! And you have come!!! We don’t sit in that bad news in Light of the good news of the Gospel!! We can believe and be rescued! This wild grace – this wild love that saves us from condemnation and, perhaps more prevalent in 2017, saves us from self-justification. Help us to believe it Lord.

  3. Keaton Vander Hart says:

    I like how we have the answer to the question why did Jesus come to earth. It is so that we might live trough him.

  4. Colt Duppen says:

    This is an incredibly powerful verse as it lays the groundwork for the fulfillment of God’s promise. Now Jesus was sent down to Earth and we are given the chance to live through him. We should rejoice, because to be shown love by God is such a gift!

  5. Brandon Stewar says:

    Jesus gave it all!

  6. Pastor JB says:

    The great magnitude of love which God has for us is, quite frankly, unimaginable! That He would send us the final and only sacrificial lamb we would ever need! It was His doing! He initiated! He gets all glory and praise because He is worthy of it! Indeed, God is truly good, gracious, mighty to save, and merciful!

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