Jesus, the Heart of Grace and Love Personified

Developing a relationship with Jesus Christ is a little easier when we realize how many ways He shows His love for us in the New Testament.  Jesus is the heart, or center, of grace, and without Him our lives are truly unbalanced.  He could have stayed in heaven and avoided enduring the harsh living conditions and a painful death on earth, but out of His great love for us, He chose to be one of us.  

Jesus has been around since before the dawn of time, and He has always loved us. In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodHimself.  He was present originally with God.  All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]” (John 1:1-5, AMP).

His arrival was announced in advance, but few people accepted Him or His messengers (Micah 5:2; Jeremiah 23:5; John 1:6-15). In the Old Testament, God’s people operated under the Law of Moses, and any blessings from God had to be earned with continual sacrifices. Moses presented a set of laws carved into stone tablets, but God fulfilled the Law by sending us His Grace in human form.

The Gospel of John is jam-packed with references to His identity, expressed in different ways. Jesus is the great I AM Who spoke to Moses and led the people out of Egypt (Exodus 3:14, AMP). Jesus was born after Abraham, yet He existed even before Abraham (John 8:58). He’s the One of Whom the prophets spoke (John 13:19, AMP).

During His ministry on earth, Jesus revealed His identify to people in simple terms. He used analogies like sheep, shepherds, doors, and thieves to illustrate His messages (John 10:7, 9-11, 14). His Word still applies today, and refers to basic necessities like bread and water to let us know He’s all we need for sustenance (John 6:35, 51, 57; 15:1, 5). In our spiritual walk through the dark valley of death, He’s light and life (John 8:12; 9:5; 11:25; 14:6).

But in all His greatness, power, and glory, Jesus wants us to remember how much He loves us. He’s the Son of God, and when we accept Jesus, we become His brothers and sisters in God’s heavenly family. What the Father promised to His children is now available to us (1 John 3:1, 2).

Anyone else’s love would be imperfect and conditional, but God’s love perfects us in every way. When we walk in this love it justifies us to go boldly before the Father’s throne. We’re free from guilt and shame when judgment comes (1 John 4:17). When we show God’s love to the world, it’s like a beacon at the top of a hill shining its light in the night for all to see.

Satan wants to extinguish this light, but we’re children of God who have inherited His promises, and the devil is powerless to do so. He knows his days are numbered, and he’d like to steal as many souls as he can. Unfortunately for him, he can’t touch us, no matter where we go or what we do. Jesus is Love and Grace, and He has promised to be with us forever (Matthew 28:20).

— Creflo Dollar