Sermon on 1 John 5:9-13
Well, we made it. This is the last of our series on the Resurrected Life. This attempt for me to try and make clear to you what the Resurrection, what Easter, has to do with everything. Something more than a day but a way of life. A formation of your soul into something other than what the world might say is you. Read the letter again this afternoon. It will take you less than 10 minutes. You can come away from it asking God to show you the dark places he has to call you out of into his marvelous light. The places you and I protect to hide our sin. But the light being the light of Christ that is his forgiveness. What he wants to do.
Read about you as a child of God. Being joined in the great communion that is Christ that brings us to God. That in that communion, that fellowship, that relationship, we are molded more and more by the love of God. Not our own love, but the love Christ has for us in his life and death. Love that looks like a crucifixion, not like a high school romance. Love for the unlovable. A deciding love in which we need to pray each day to have our wills, our hearts, our lives continually formed by his love. Depending on him for all things.
The Resurrected Life, as we have seen, consists of Jesus physically coming to earth for you. Physically living so he can physically die for you. Physically rise for you.
Now we have the parting remarks. But John would appear to not be worth an A in my mom’s English class. His direct purpose statement is all the way down in Verse 13 of chapter 5 – I write these things to you that you might know that you have eternal life. There it is. Prior to this declaration, if you remember chapter 1 – what we have seen and heard we also declare to you in order that you might have fellowship with us. Starting with Christ and ending with Christ.
1 John 5:9 – But sometimes we don’t believe what we hear, right?
1 John 5:10 – This faith we receive, quite literally given to us, John says, is something growing inside us. Something dwelling there. Something that has made a home.