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The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

John 6.3-5
Jesus is sitting w/ His disciples, away from the crowds, but He can see that the crowds are coming. He looks out over them and doesn’t ask “Should we feed these people?” but instead, “Where do we get their bread?”

I love that. Jesus isn’t waiting for the people to come and beg. None of the people are actually expecting anything like this from Him. (later in chapter 6 they will, but so far they don’t)

The Father looks for ways to care for people. Jesus did not make 8,000 pounds of bread for the disciples and then say, “who can we give these leftovers too…I know! Those 5,000 people over there!” He made the bread and the fish for the people first.

When the manna came down from heaven, it was an answer to the people’s grumbling against God and they had to prepare it. This time it isn’t an answer to anything, it is motivated by Jesus and it’s already prepared for them.

I can’t help but see some parallels with this and the Law and Grace. Manna and The Law came from grumbling to help the people to see the Holiness of God. It required work to be received and could spoil. The Grace of God in Jesus came even though we weren’t seeking or expecting Him. All of the work was already done by Jesus on the cross, and the bread of life and salvation was brought to us, prepared and ready to take in. This grace was not something that would spoil or fade, but be in such abundance for us that there would be grace left over to share in other places at a later date.

1 reply on “The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

Ok, Dan, sorry I missed last Monday – consider my neck flicked for this monday morning… here’s a funny story

So John 1:17 is what you are talking about, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” JOHN 117 is also the number for MASTERCHIEF – from Halo — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Chief_(Halo)

A student told me all of this so I had to jump on my palm and looked up JOHN 1:17, but every time I got near it my palm would crash. So I tried coming up from the other way to the text… still crashing. I still haven’t figured out what’s causing the crash… but my hunch is that it is this verse. There is some power in it man! Enough to crash my palm centro!!!

Thought you would like that! – Don

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