Acts 4:32-35 • Psalm 133 • 1 John 1:1-2:2 • John 20:19-31
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
2 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
1 John 1:1-2:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
This morning we find ourselves in the opening paragraphs of 1 John. The lectionary will take us through 1 John during the season of Easter. I find it interesting that many times the texts from the Epistles after Easter are from eyewitnesses of the resurrection. Last year we looked at the writings of Peter and this year we will look at John. John’s epistle opens much in the same way as his Gospel. The prologue introduces us to Jesus. John is testifying that he has heard and seen Jesus…and that he has touched him. Jesus is a real person. John reminds us again that Jesus is the creator of life that Jesus is life itself.
John writes in this letter and in his gospel that he writes these things so that we may believe that Jesus is the Son of God – that we may have fellowship with Him – that we may have communion with Him – so that we may be joined in communion with other believers and that we may share in each others joy.
John goes on in the next paragraph to remind us that believers need to live in the Light of Christ. You may remember that Jesus declared himself to be the Light of the world. Over the last few weeks at McCrae Brook we have been look at who Jesus is. One of the things that we learned is that Jesus is our great example…as believers we should exhibit the same characteristics of Jesus. John says we must live in the light as Jesus is in the light. We can’t go around living in spiritual darkness if we want to have fellowship with God. If we live in the light, then Christ blood cleanses us from sin.
I think we are reminded that consistent sin should not be part of a believer’s life. Is there hope for a believer who does sin? Absolutely, but living in the light means not living in the darkness. We are reminded that if we do sin, we have an advocate – a lawyer – Jesus Christ – who will plead our case before God.
It was Jesus whose blood atones for our sin. Atones means that Jesus makes us at one with God through the blood that paid the price for our sin. Jesus paid the price for all of our sin – you – me – the whole world. He is able if we trust and believe in Him to save us from all sin. So go and live in the light!