John 1: 5 - God Is Light And In Him Is No Darkness At All
Our text this morning is 1 John 1:5 – 2:2,
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. 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.
Two weeks ago I spoke about the book ‘Pilgrims Progress’. The story opens with a man who is bent over with a great burden upon his back and a book is in his hand.
His burden is his own sin.
The book is a bible. As he read the bible he was made aware of his own sin.
We soon found this man standing in a field. He would look one way and then the other. He desperately wanted to run away from the judgment that was coming upon the sinful land but he did not know where to flee. In that moment, a man named ‘Evangelist’ came to him and told him about the path that he must take to find relief from his burden of sin. I would like to read you a brief section from this story.
“He [Christian] ran till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and upon that place stood a cross, and a little below in the bottom, a sepulcher…As the man...came up to the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do, till it came to the mouth of the sepulcher where it fell in, and he saw it no more.
Then was Christian glad and light-some, and said with a merry heart, ‘He has given me rest, by His sorrow, and life, by His death.’ Then he stood awhile to look and wonder, for it was surprising to him that the sight of the cross should ease him of his burden. He looked therefore, and looked again, even till the springs that were in his head sent the waters down his cheeks.”
Several times in ‘Pilgrims Progress’ Christian finds himself looking in all directions. Christian now finds himself at the cross. It is there his sin falls from his back and it rolls into a sepulcher [a grave].
Immediately Christian becomes glad and he is merry of heart. In that moment he declares, “He has given me rest, by His sorrow, and life, by His death.” It is there that his eyes finally come to rest upon the cross of Christ. Christian is no longer looking in all directions trying to determine where he might go.
He cannot gaze upon his sin any longer because his sins have gone into the sepulcher and ‘he saw them no more’.
He fixes his sight upon the cross. He looked, and looked again, upon it and tears began to roll down his cheeks.
Each of us, has found ourselves looking in all directions and wondering which way we are to go. There are many who wander off in any direction supposing that it will get them where they need to go. They experience no burden of sin, therefore, their decision to choose the right way does not seem all that important to them. Don’t all roads lead to heaven?
Their journey does not bring them to experience fellowship, joy and peace; instead they experience emptiness and futility. They will say, with Captain Kirk, “As for me, things have started to feel, a little episodic. The farther off we go the more I find myself wondering, what it is we are trying to accomplish. If the universe is truly endless, are we not striving for something that is forever out of reach.”
There are many who, having never come to see Christ, so they not see sin correctly. The false teachers that John addresses in this letter are such people. Sin is a little issue to them so they preach simple fixes. Dr. John Hannah says, “If mankind’s greatest needs are not found through the cleansing of the heart, we should find an instructor in moral guidance, a master of behavior modification technique, the merely sincere impetus to think positively, or the promotion of self-esteem. John’s opponents are proclaiming salvation without a substitute, redemption without a cross!”
Christians are not a people who explore the universe in all directions for salvation; Christians have come to realize that the creator of the universe has