“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
This is one of the most well known verses in the Bible. I remember as a kid memorizing this verse for Bible Drill. And while it is a simple verse, it is also a profound verse. It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness and our reliance on Him. Even though we may be following after Jesus, there are times when we still mess up. There are times when we fail and sin. But the awesome thing is that it doesn’t end there. If we repent and confess our sins to Jesus, he is willing and faithful to forgive us. He is willing and faithful to clean us up.
It is that assurance we have as followers of Jesus that we have such a blessing. We get to have a renewed relationship with God because of who Jesus is and what He’s done. We just have to trust Him and follow after Him. But even in those times when we fail, He’s merciful and gracious to us again and again if we just repent and turn back to Him.
This week, let us be mindful of that. Let us share that love with others and let them know about how God is willing to forgive sin if we are willing to repent and confess to Him our need of repentance and our need of a Savior.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:1-4)
John opens the letter of 1 John with eyewitness experience of who Jesus is. He writes not only about who Jesus is but also what it means for us. Jesus is the Son of God. He came to Earth and lived among us. He was seen and touched and was real. And He brought with him hope of eternal life and hope of a restored relationship with the Father.
John said that he wrote these things so “our joy may be complete”. Knowing Jesus should bring us joy. Joy for having a restored relationship with the Father, joy for having eternal life. This week let us live our lives and proclaim to others that which we have seen and experienced through Jesus.
“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.” (1 John 2:1-2)
Jesus died for our sins. All of our sins. He paid the penalty for our sins which is death and separation from God. If we repent of our sins and confess Jesus is Lord and begin following Him, we have a restored relationship with God. We also have an advocate in Jesus with the Father.
Everyone has the opportunity to have their sins forgiven, if they repent and turn to Jesus. Let us this week remember that we are not alone if we are followers of Jesus. We have an advocate for us in Jesus. And for those that don’t know Jesus, let them know who He is and what he’s done.