(1 John 1:1-2:2) Pastor Carol Weist
One of the early names for Christians found seven times in the Book of Acts is people of the Way. (Acts 9:2; Acts 18:25,26; Acts 19:9,23; Acts 24;14,22)
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6) Jesus is life revealed to us along life’s way. Our ways are not always identical. However, as we travel along life’s ways we have the same guiding light, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
1 John 1:1 states, “We declare to you what was from the beginning.” That includes the declaration of Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10)
The dry land called Earth is meant to be good. It is not good that we have not gotten enough rain to water the earth. We need rain for the crops and pastures at this point in time. We cannot turn the rain on and off. Irrigation systems and lawn sprinklers can be turned on and off by people, but not the rain. Plants seem to know the difference between being watered by a good rain and water piped in. Water piped in is definitely a help, but is not quite as nourishing to the plants as a good rain, so we pray for rain.
There are things we can do to protect the soil so that it is there in good condition when the rains do come, so that the winds don’t whisk the soil away and stir up another dust bowl. The lessons of the dust bowl have not been forgotten. Soil conservation practices are still practiced.
Specifically how to conserve and protect our soil and water is a subject of intense debate and study at times. People do not always see eye to eye on such matters. We do not have to see eye to eye on every detail of such matters in order to be people of the Way, to be in fellowship with Jesus.
1 John 1 is written so that we may fellowship. Listen again to 1 John 1:3: “We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us.” We have the gift of fellowship with the first followers of Jesus, even though we have not met them in person. We have fellowship with them, with all those who declare that “truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:4)
What is the purpose of these early people of the Way, these early followers of Jesus sharing this? They tell us, “We are sharing this that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:5) That applies to us also. Sharing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, that Jesus is the Word of Life is life revealed, doing that completes our joy. Continue reading