John 1:16,17 ¶ And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
One of the things I am reflecting on this Christmas is fulness. John spoke about the fulness of God that we receive by grace through faith. This is more than just I believe I am filled with fulness, this is actually experiencing fulness itself. John is describing a profound spiritual experience in his opening comments in his gospel. He is giving us more than information, John is describing the reason Jesus came. He came that we could experience, or taste for ourselves, the fulness of God. John said that he had not only received fulness, he is describing fulness overflowing; that’s exactly what grace upon grace is. Matthew Henry describes ‘grace upon grace’ like this.
“The fulness of this grace. Grace for grace is abundance of grace, grace upon grace, one grace heaped upon another; as skin for skin is skin after skin, even all that a man has. It is a blessing poured out, that there shall not be room to receive it, plenteous redemption: one grace a pledge of more grace….It is such a fulness as is called the fulness of God which we are filled with.”
So have you tasted this fulness that John proclaimed and Henry relished? Taste and see for yourself and delight yourself in Christmas cheer. Here are some thoughts from John Piper on this fulness of God.
“Paul prays that we would experience Christ’s fullness—not just know about it, but be filled with it. Here is the way I hear him praying for me: he prays that I “may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that [I] may be filled with all the fullness of God”. “The “fullness of God” is experienced, he says, as we are given the “strength to comprehend” the love of Christ in its height and depth and length and breadth. That is, in its fullness. This is remarkable: the fullness of God is the spiritual comprehension (experience) of the fullness of the love of Christ. It fills the Son of God and pours out on us.”
So Merry Christmas, or be filled with the fulness of God. That’s what makes Christmas so merry, we can delight ourselves in His grace upon grace.