Thursday of Easter II – I John 1:1-2:2

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And 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 is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say 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. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

She wanted to run away. Again. She had run before. It was not her first university to attend. It was always someone else’s fault that she had left. They had treated her unfairly. She had been discriminated against. That boss of hers was a jerk so she left. It is hard to run away and start over, but what else could she do? This time, however, she was not able to run. She had a responsibility. There was a young life which depended upon her. She could not pick up and leave so easily. She needed to finish this degree and get the job which waited for her on the other side. Leaving would mean starting over again. She could not really do it.

There are many ways to deny Christ and there are many ways to confess Him. It would be so much simpler if people would just be nice and good. But they are not, and confessing Christ is to look at human wretchedness and wickedness and to say that Christ died for that. I will not run away but that means I also must confront the wretched wickedness which lives in my own heart. It is the only way that we can possibly get along together. John writes these things so that we do not sin, but if we do sin, we have an advocate with the Father, the Lord Jesus who has died for our sins and the sins of that other person too.

It will not be easy to live that confession, but Jesus is the light and his blood cleanses us from all sin. We cannot keep our righteousness. If we say we have no sin, we are not being honest. That means we will have to own up to it, be vulnerable and admit our own weakness. But His blood does indeed cleanse us from all sin. It is the only way, really. Now I can forgive the other. I do not have to run away to start over in some vain hope that it will be different next time. Jesus makes it different right here, right now.

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