1 John 1:1 – 2:2
We announce the origin of things to you. What we heard. What we witnessed with our own eyes. What we examined and touched with our own hands. It’s about life. Life that was revealed, that we’ve seen. We swear to it, and we tell you that life forever with the father was made known to us. And we’re telling you what we’ve seen and heard so you, too, can be together with us. Surely, we’re together with the father and with his son, Jesus. We’re writing this so our joy may be complete.
Here’s the message we got from Jesus and pass on to you:
God is light. There is nothing whatsoever dark about God.
If we say we’re with God while hiding our conduct in the dark, we’re lying. Our actions are false. But if we conduct ourselves in the light full disclosure, we’re together, and Jesus’ blood will take care of whatever’s wrong.
If we say nothing’s wrong, we’re fooling ourselves. We’re lying. If we admit to what is wrong, Jesus’ commitment to fairness will forgive us and make us right again.
If we say there’s nothing wrong, though, we make Jesus out to be a liar. We’ve missed the point.
My little children, I’m writing these things so you won’t continue to mess up. But, if anyone does mess up, we have someone to help us patch things up with God: Jesus. He’s a righteous dude, and he’s laid it all on the line to make things right with us again. And not just for us, but for absolutely everyone.
Anyone who is familiar with 12-step programs such as AA can tell you that the first step to getting your life back on track is admitting that you have a problem.
John’s first letter is about your first step. Life is to be had, and had in abundance and great joy, but first you have to take care of a few problems. Fortunately, says John, Jesus has offered to mentor us so that we can get through the problems and on to life.
With John, it’s a take it or leave it proposition. Here’s an offer. The decision is yours. The help is free, and it’s available for everyone, but you have to want to work the system.
Maybe you think don’t need it, John says. But you’re probably just fooling yourself if you think you can make it on your own.
So think about it.