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1 John 1:1-9 (NIV)
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Dec. 27th is “St. John” day, so let’s read a bit from one of his letters. This passage speaks of the birth of Christ in a poetic way. John emphasizes how amazing it is that the things of eternity have come into our world, and that God in heaven desires to have fellowship with us, through Jesus Christ. We live in that fellowship when we walk in God’s light, by admitting our sin and receiving God’s forgiveness. Pray for the grace to live in the light of confession, and in the joy of true forgiveness.