John 1:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 1:17, NIV: "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

John 1:17, ESV: "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

John 1:17, KJV: "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."

John 1:17, NASB: "For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ."

John 1:17, NLT: "For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ."

John 1:17, CSB: "for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

What does John 1:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 17 explains an important difference between the ministries of Moses and Jesus. Moses' ministry brought knowledge of the law. But the law could only show us how sinful and broken we were (Romans 3:20). Rather than just bringing us truth, Jesus also brought us grace. Instead of simply telling us that we were broken, Christ gave us a way to fix what was wrong. This is an important, common theme of the Bible. Human efforts will always fall short, and everyone is corrupted with sin (Romans 3:23). Instead of leaving us to face that uncomfortable truth alone, Jesus provided a way for us to experience forgiveness. Merely doing good deeds can never save us, only God's grace, through faith, can do that. This is further symbolized in miracles. Moses' first miracle was turning water into blood, which is symbolic of judgment (Exodus 7:20). Later, only those homes which had the blood of a lamb on their doors were "passed over" by God's wrath (Exodus 12:26–28). Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine—symbolic of blood—as a gracious gift (John 2:7–11). Only those who accept Christ's sacrifice of blood are spared from the judgment we all deserve (1 John 1:7).