In the last post about Bible classes on grace, Charlie (who is a good friend of mine) astutely observed that Jesus is never recorded using that word in the Gospels. That is an interesting observation and one that I haven’t ever noticed before. He certainly embodied it in the way he lived his life and in his ministry. When John described the results of his ministry he mentioned two things – grace and truth (John 1:17). Some times we do a better job of upholding the second but not the first. But the reality is you can’t have one without the other. The truth about who Jesus is and what he came to do should lead us to grace and his grace should open us up to the truth.
What is also interesting to me is that, even though we don’t have Jesus recorded using the word “grace”, the apostles who followed him (Peter, Paul, John and the rest) had much to say about grace as a result of their experience with and knowledge of Jesus Christ.