A sunrise is mind boggling and yet we can be confident it will happen tomorrow and the next day and the next. There is one more thing that is even more mind-blowing and that is we can know for certain that if we were to die today we would stand before the heavenly throne and see Jesus in all of His glory. John is proposing that idea to his readers. He is saying you can have mind-blowing confidence because you believed that Jesus is “THE” Christ. It was because of your faith in this claim that you can be confident that you are conquerors of all that comes your way—even death. This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son!
John has written this short little letter to his flock. Over and over he notes “I have written or we are writing.” It is John’s legacy of his love for the flock that he is pastoring. As this letter was passed down through the centuries it is as if we are reading it firsthand. John is writing to us! John says I am taking pen in hand: ch 1:4 “so that our joy may be complete; 2:1 so you may not sin; 2:21 so you know the truth; 2:26 so you can be discerning regarding the deceiver and his workers; 5:13 so you may know that you have eternal life.” All of this is possible because you took a step of faith and believed that Jesus was who He said he was: the Son of God.
All of this is mind boggling but true. It is so simple a child can know it. Do you?
Each morning it seems that the darkness wants to claim this world but God’s clock and His timing say “sun arise!” There really is something marvelous about that initial sunrise with its glimmer of light that dispels the darkness. First the birds begin to chirp welcoming us to a new day, then the first rays, then the beauty of the clouds emerge as the stars slip into the sky to wait for their later appearance. Finally the sun itself touches our world. As the sun creeps up over the horizon more of God’s creation is revealed and it is marvelous to behold. What must it have been like for the Apostle John as he heard, saw, beheld, and touched the very Light of God in Jesus? A sunrise can never compare to the beauty of our Savior but each day as we experience the welcoming light of day we are using the same adjectives John used in his painting his picture for us: hear, see, behold, touch. John is so emphatic that he paints this picture three times! And this is why he is writing to us, that we may not miss this marvelous image.
From that image John moves to his message which he has heard from Jesus himself: God is light and in Him there is no darkness. This reminds us of the verse in Rev 22:5 “Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.” Even in the northern most part of our globe where there are places with many hours of light in the summer months, there is at least a portion of darkness, but here in Revelation John tells us that there will never be darkness! NEVER!
From that beautiful image, John paints three contrasting statements beginning with “if.”
If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness we lie to ourselves. BUT, if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship. That must be what heaven must be like, full of illuminating light 24/7. Not one drop of darkness for darkness represents sin and sin and God cannot co-exist.
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves; the truth is not in us. BUT, if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. If we had no sin there would be no need for the sacrifice of Christ but since there is sin within us we need cleansing and it is His blood that is the cleansing agent.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar. Did you notice that first we lie to ourselves and then to God? What does God say about lying? He hates it! Prov 6 says God hates a lying tongue and a false witness. This is one of those “OUCH!” statements.
God’s light has shined in our hearts, are we allowing it to shine forth as a new sunrise? [2Cor 4] Even though we live and move in darkness, is the Lord our light? [Micah 7:8]