Daily Devotion on 1 John 1:1-2:2

Text: 1 John 1:1-2:2

If you were to die today, what lasting message would you want left behind? How would you want people to remember you? What would have been the purpose of your life?

Deep questions for a Tuesday morning, I know, but I can’t help but think them as I read this section from 1 John. John was writing to “make his joy complete.” John didn’t know when he would die, but before he did he wanted to make sure that the legacy he left was the right one.

This is the legacy of John: John saw Jesus Christ with his own eyes. All the miracles recorded in the Bible… he witnessed them. John watched the miracle of redemption take place before his very eyes. He stood at the foot of the cross and watched Jesus die… three days later he saw Jesus in the flesh, he heard him speak, he touched his warm, living flesh.

John heard from the mouth of God what all of this meant for the world. Though all of us have been contaminated with sin the blood of Jesus purifies us from this sin. When we sin we have forgiveness because of what Jesus did.

This was the legacy John wanted left behind. If his early readers remembered nothing else, John wanted them to remember this: Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. Knowing that others knew this would make John’s joy complete. Knowing that Jesus was being preached made John ready for death whenever it came.

This fact, that Jesus died for our sins, is the single most important thing in the world. The most important thing we Christians can do is to make sure that the next generation knows this truth. This is the Christian legacy; this is the purpose for our lives on this earth. This is the message we have heard from John, who heard it from Christ. This is the message we declare to the world that we may all enjoy fellowship with each other and with God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know that your Word will endure until the end of days. We also know that you have chosen to use us as your ambassadors to this world. Give us the strength to keep our eyes focused on Christ our sacrificial Lamb as we live out our time on this side of eternity. Open our eyes to the world so that we can see all the people who need to hear about Jesus. In your Son’s name we pray, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on April 17, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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