Part Two of our sermon series "The Resurrected Life" - 1 John 3:1-7 (8-9)
For those of you who are joining us since Easter, we have embarked on a sermon series around this notion of the Resurrected Life. Taking the texts we are given in the Sunday readings from 1 John, we are wanting to discover what it is that the cross and the empty tomb have to do with the Christian. We live in a world post-Calvary. Post-Easter. The cross has happened, Christ has risen. Now what? What does this whole history have to do with us? If it is to be more than just a nice story, but an actual happening upon our lives, where does this crucified Jesus, this Resurrected Christ play in relation to you?
Last week we saw that The Apostle John was writing to a group of churches, more specifically to you, to explain this message. To bring the cross into focus and to lay out for you what is and/or has happened in Jesus for you.
That was 1 John 1 and 2 verses of chapter 2. We basically skip over chapter 2 and move right on to chapter 3 because that is where the lectionary takes us. I want to come back to chapter 2 briefly near the end, but this part of the reason why I may look in the future towards moving away from the lectionary only because it causes us to miss part of this experience of God through the words of his preachers.
Chapter 3 begins with this declarative statement.
1 John 3:1. You are Children of God – declaration to you.
1 John 3:3. Even more so, Our identity, where we are focused, this cross and resurrection and Jesus becomes key based on hope. Hope in a statement made by God to you.
When he appears we will be like him because we will see him. When Christ comes back we will finally know fully what this whole Jesus, child of God, forgiveness, Resurrected Life looks like.
1John 3:4. Commits sin is a bad translation – practices sin, works at it