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Reading: 1st John 1:1 to 2:2

Verse 2:2 – “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins; and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world”.

1st John opens with some excitement in the writing. In his words we can still sense the excitement related to the recent resurrection. John bases his authority to proclaim the gifts of eternal life and salvation from sins on his firsthand experience hearing, seeing, and touching Jesus. The opening section concludes with, “We write this to make our joy complete”. John receives joy from sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Coming off Easter Sunday we too should be full of good news to share with those in our world. Yesterday we joyously celebrated the risen Lord. Will we go out into the world sharing the joy? Will you?

John goes on in the remainder of 1st John 1 to encourage us to walk in the light. He writes, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness”. We must walk in the light to remain connected to God. John writes of the benefits of this choice. First, we have fellowship with one another. Second, we experience the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus. For our part, we must confess and seek to repent of our sins. John also acknowledges the reality of sin in our lives. He reminds us that we do walk in darkness, in our sin, at times. John also warns us not to claim that we do not sin because then we “make Him out to be a list”. Don’t want to do that!

In 1st John 2, John goes on the address when we sin. He reminds us of two important details in our battle with sin. First, Jesus speaks to God on our behalf. He stands between God and our sins. Second, Jesus is the atoning sacrifice. He has already paid the price for our sins and, in fact, has paid the price for the sins of the whole world.

All of this is indeed good news worthy of sharing. There are none more in need of hearing this news than our broken and hurting brothers and sisters who are living lost lives. If we do not share the stories of the power of Jesus Christ in our lives, how can they come to know the healing and redeeming power of Jesus Christ in their lives? Yesterday we were reminded that we are Easter people, that we are resurrection people. The good news is always good. It is always worthy of sharing. May we each live our love of Jesus out loud each and every day, helping others to walk in the light of God’s love. Lord, give us the strength and courage so that it may be so. Amen.

One thought on “News to Share

  1. BE_NEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS I FAIN WOULD TAKE MY STAND ,
    THE SHADOW OF A MIGHTY ROCK WITH A WEARY LAND,
    A HOME WITH_ IN THE WILDERNESS , A REST UPON THE WAY,
    FROM BURNING HEAT, AND THE BURDEN OF THE DAY..

    JESUS CHRIST IS OUR LIGHT.

    THERE IS NO PLACE ON EARTH SO SWEET AS KNEELING DOWN AT THE FEET OF JESUS CHRIST IN PRAYER, MY LOVING SAVIOUR AND MY KING.
    AS EASTER DAY BEHIND ME,
    I ASK , WHY DID MY DAUGHTER WHO I LOVE SO MUCH, FOR THE FRIST TIME, WANT TO BE ALONE,
    I DIDNT LIKE THE FEELING,
    NOPE NOT AT ALL. AS A MOTHER WE NEED TO STEP BACK , EVEN WHEN OUR ADULT CHILDREN ARE ILL AND LET THEM DO THINGS THEIR WAY, OH LORD I AM BLESS YOU ARE WITH ME.

    LORD OF LIGHT WHO OUT SHINE, ALL THE STARS, ARE WITH ME.
    YES IM BLESSED.. AMEN

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