Picture a pitcher, a vessel so full the water quivers at the lip, ready to spill at the slightest bump. Think of a plate of pancakes so awash in syrup it’s dripping off the side onto the table. Got the picture? That’s the meaning of the word translated, “fullness,” in the Bible. You cannot plumb the depths of fullness. Fullness bespeaks an inexhaustable supply.
Which is why you want to pause over that word in this line from John about Jesus.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
People who get to know Jesus soon discover there is no end or limit to His grace. He’s never too busy, too tired, too disappointed, too mad or just plain distracted. His grace is poured out from fullness. It’s not that He always gives us what we want. Jesus doesn’t spoil His kids. But in His wisdom and from His fullness, He generously provides what we need.
This past year His grace upon grace to me has provided in ways I didn’t realize I needed. I am deeply thankful. Here’s a prayer for a joyous Thanksgiving for each of you.