All Things are delivered unto Jesus Christ
It is clear that John 1:14 says that Jesus Christ is full of grace and truth but verse seventeen says by Jesus Christ grace and truth comes to us as His children. Notice the apostle John really does not desire to leave this biblical subject.
(17) "For the law was given by Mo'ses, but grace and truth came by Je'sus Christ. (18) No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him. (19) And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Le'vites from Je - ru'sa - lem to ask him, Who art thou? (20) And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. John 1: 17 - 20.
It is true that Mo'ses had something to say about verse eighteen. "And He said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live." Exodus 33:20. The reason why people could look at Jesus Christ in His human flesh is because He lowered Himself from the Son of God to the Son of man but He still was and is the Son of God. Jesus Christ saw God and They have the same mind and heart. This is why the true Messiah was able to say in a future verse if you have seen Me you have seen the Father. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father so people can know the Father but only through Jesus Christ. "All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him." Matthew 11: 27. Jesus Christ is not hidden from God, He is hidden in God. Jesus Christ is the way of salvation because He is the very embodiment of grace and truth.
The law was given by Mo'ses but the gospel is a much clearer discovery. When Mo'ses gave the law it was a fearful thing but the grace of Jesus Christ has all the beneficial uses of the law but not the fear because it is grace. Love and grace go hand in hand as opposed to the law because a curse is attached to the commandments. Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of grace and truth but it is with reference to the law that was given by Mos'es. Grace and truth is the performance of all the Old Testament promises but it is also the substance of all the Old Testament types and shadows. The people in the Old Testament had grace in picture but we have grace in Jesus Christ.
Verse eighteen says we can receive a clear revelation of God to us through Jesus Christ. This is very comforting to me as a child of God.
Let me review verses nineteen and twenty. There were messengers sent from Jerusalem to examine John the Baptist. These people were Jews from Jerusalem. They should have understood the Old Testament that the true Messiah was at hand and John the Baptist was a forerunner of Jesus Christ. Since they were blind through their own unbelief they cross examined John the Baptist. The forerunner (John the Baptist) was of the seed of Aaron and fit to be a priest. The problem with this whole picture is the Pharisees had unrepentance in their hearts. John preached repentance. Since true repentance was a strange doctrine to them they obviously desired to suppress and silence him. He obeyed God but did not desire in any way to be a great man.
He did answer their questions. The Pharisees gave him unjust contempt. John the Baptist made it very clear that he was not the Son of God. His role was to point to Jesus Christ as the Son of God who is the way, truth and life. Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone can forgive our sins. John the Baptist always took the lower seat. I see some of these biblical movies that portray John the Baptist as a raving lunatic. This man was very controlled by the Holy Spirit.
I can relate to John the Baptist because he always pointed to Jesus Christ. I try and do the very same thing and abide in this biblical precept. If you do not know the true Messiah who came to earth in human flesh at the exact time to do the will of His Father now may be a good time to get right with God. Accept Jesus Christ in your heart as personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and invite the Son of God into your life.
If you just made that decision always look to Jesus Christ in anything you are going through and point other people to Jesus Christ. Just as the earth revolves around the sun we are to follow the same example and be disciples of Jesus Christ.
God bless you,