"And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace." -John 1:16 (CEB)
Do you know what my wife hears me say all the time? I hope you've heard it a million times from your spouse, and that you say it often. "I love you!" There are so many different ways to tell someone about the love we have for them, and they need to hear it from us. It's so important, in fact, that I repeat it over and over to my wife, because I want her to fully know and believe that I do in fact love her.
The Apostle John could have just as easily said that we receive grace from God, but he says that we receive "grace upon grace". God obviously thought that it was important enough to inspire John to write it this way. But why? I think that just as I tell my wife "I love you" all the time, God wants us to know he is a God full of grace who gives grace.
These words from John Piper ring so true and resonate with something deep inside of me:
"God doesn't just want to stock your head with knowledge about His truth and grace, he wants you to receive it and experience it. This Christmas he wants to give you personally a foundation of truth and reality to stand on so you won't cave in under stress. This Christmas he wants to treat you with grace-to forgive all your sins-all of them!-to take away all your guilt, to make your conscience clean, to help you with your problems, to give you strength for each day, and to fill you with hope and joy and peace. Isn't that the meaning of grace? And isn't that why he pitched his tent among us?"