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Reflections on 1 John 1:1-2:2

April 11, 2012

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life– this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us– we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

In this letter, the writer, if it is the same author of the gospel, references dark and light. Our journeys are consistantly venturing in between both darkness and being in the light. I think as we maneuver between each of these as we mature in Christ we learn to indentify between each of these points. It is through God’s grace than we can learn to discern between each of these aspects.

“…if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” In this passage it seems that sometime we forget that we are called to be with one another. In Fellowship, in Communion with one another… Our society has made our lives to revolve around the thought that we are on and the “me” is more important that the “we.” That’s a bit harsh, isn’t it? The Mega-churches croping up everywhere seem to focus on making me feel better about “me.” We have created a society that if it doesn’t feel good don’t do it.

What was that slogan Nike used to use?

Our Churches have allowed the interest of the individual out-weigh that of the corporate body of Christ. If we are to follow the example of Christ Jesus we are to empty ourselves of our egos, and walk our journey in the light along side our companions along the way. Supporting each other in our struggles and mountiantop experience and tell others about what God has done for us.

What is the word “sin” mean this context?

Sin in this context,I feel is separating one another for each other, creation, and the Creator. I maybe grasping at straws; however for me, fellowshipping with one another and serving God throughout God’s creation.

How can we create this enviroment in today’s society? The common good has to come before the individual interest. WOW! That sounds a little counter-cultural doesn’t it? Jesus was more concerned about people being on the same plane… the same level… that no one was better than the other. Jesus spent a lot of his public ministry with the “less than desirables” in society. The people on the fringes of society if you will. How can we turn our back on someone in need and still call ourselves Christians? Something else to thing about, did Jesus really want us to convert everyone to our train of thought? We are here to me the people of God where they are? In one of the Pauline letters, titles did not mean anything to the message that Jesus shared. We are children of the same God. We are to LOVE one another as ourselves. The church catholic has seemed to have forgotten this fact. Even though we have a “me” society many people do not love themselves. It is one of those pluristic part of whom we have become. We have developed a love/hate relationship with ourselves and if we hate ourselves in the slightest we have a hard time sharing love.

That you for letting me ramble. I pray this post gives each of us something to think about in our daily journey.

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