In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, we find what may be the first sermon ever preached about Jesus, the testimony of John the Baptist about the person and station of Jesus Christ. “This is the one I was talking about, when I said ‘Someone is coming after me, who is far greater than I am, for He existed long before me.'”
“From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:15-17 NLT
These words become even more amazing when we consider that they were spoken before the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; they are not a description of events after they had come to pass. As Jesus Himself said, one cannot know Him except by the revelation of God. It took God to reveal this priceless vision of Jesus Christ to John, and today, it takes God to reveal the priceless person of Jesus Christ to every soul that believes on Him.
John always knew that, although he arrived on this earth ahead of Jesus, he was there to serve Jesus, to proclaim His arrival and to prepare for it. Jesus, however, told His disciples that John was the greatest man ever to be born of women; yet the lowest station in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater still.
John here describes Jesus as abundant– overflowing with gracious blessings, one after the other, and given to all of us. The law– holy, and just, and righteous– had been given by God through Moses to Israel. The keeping of the Law made possible the presence of God with the Nation of Israel, a gift not given to the rest of the world.
But Jesus Christ brought to earth God’s unfailing love and faithfulness– Grace and Truth. He brought an abundance of gracious blessings, blessing upon blessing, available to all. Jesus brought healing to the sick, sight to the blind, deliverance to those under demonic control. He raised the dead, fed the hungry, and cleansed the lepers. He preached the Kingdom of Heaven, revealed His Father to mankind, and became the perfect sacrifice to take away the sins of the entire world.