WALKING IN THE LIGHT1 John 1:1-10
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1Jn. 1:5)
John begins his first letter with an introduction to assure his readers what he is going to tell them, he saw, heard, and even touched. He wants them to understand that his message is grounded in reality, a reality he himself witnessed. John passes on this good news so that we may have fellowship with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ. The sharing of this truth brings about fellowship with one another and with the triune God. Truth leads to fellowship and new relationship with Christ.
The Light that shines our eyes: In verse 5 John reveals the main point that he heard from Jesus Christ – ‘God is light and in him there is no darkness’. 20/20 eyesight does not have any benefit in darkness. Our eyesight has meaning only when there is a source of light. Our ability, knowledge and understanding are all better qualities to posses. But with heavenly light within us, these qualities render a different perspective and enable us to understand our surroundings in a biblical manner. When we walk in darkness and lead a sinful life, we deceive ourselves or unfaithful to ourselves, which in turn affect our fellowship with Christ. Let this divine light lead us through in our faith journey.
Confession and Forgiveness: God alone is pure and holy - we are sinful in nature. But the blood of Christ that shed on Calvary is sufficient to cleanse us from our sinful habits. It is the God’s light that enables us to be aware of our sinful habits and leads us to confession. Confession leads to move forward and to regain full fellowship with Christ. When we confess our sins, our Lord is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and accept us as His children. As we walk in the light, we will enjoy the continual cleansing of Jesus. Even after having fellowship with Christ and being cleansed, a Christian cannot become sinless and perfect. To think otherwise is to deceive us. The promise of 1:9 shouldn’t lead us to sin thinking that God will forgive me. It should lead us out of sin. God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins but the wrath we deserved is added to the agony of Jesus on the cross.
Having fellowship with Christ is an essential aspect of a Christian believer. Meaningful and realistic fellowship can be established only when we have God’s light shining in us. An absence of heavenly light leads our minds to the evils of darkness.Prayer: “Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
Mr. Zachariah Mulamoottil, St. Mathews MTC, Toronto