17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
In these brief verses John sets before us the great chasm of distinction between Moses and Jesus Christ. Both were sent as deliverers; Moses to rescue Israel from their bondage to Egypt who was a type and shadow of Christ who came to rescue his people from the bondage to sin, death and the devil. Moses was the lawgiver, but as Paul explains in the book of Romans the law can only produce death, it cannot give life. Christ on the other hand came to give grace and truth; truth that reveals that there is no hope in obtaining eternal life through keeping the law, and grace to reveal that eternal life has been granted to those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. John also adds what may seem like a strange comment about no one has ever seen God, but it becomes clear why he says this when you think back to Moses’ request to see God face to face. That request is denied, but he was able to see his receding glory after God protected him in the cleft of the rock. Jesus however has seen the Father face to face. Because he was in the presence of the Father and they were in communion with each other Jesus, now in human flesh, was able to reveal to us everything about God that Moses could not. Christ has made him known. So when we read John’s gospel account over the next several weeks ask yourself, how does Jesus reveal the Father in his words and his deeds. By doing this you will gain a greater love for both God the Father and God the Son, and will treasure them more.