The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. God gave the Jews the law through Moses (John 7:19); and we know why: â€˜The law entered that the offence might aboundâ€™ (Rom. 5:20). But God has also sent grace into the world by his Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:14; Tit. 2:11-14); and we know why: â€˜But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lordâ€™ (Rom. 5:20-21). And what a contrast, law and grace! How wonderfully John shines the spotlight on the contrast: â€˜The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christâ€™ (John 1:17)! The translators did not use the word but for nothing in John 1:17. The apostle points to a very definite, clear, unmistakeable contrast between law and grace.