Lenten Blog – 3/14/2018

John begins his very first letter much like he begins his Gospel. The Gospel marvels at the incarnate Word who is and was God from all time. In the letter, John marvels at Jesus and views Him from his perspective and with his various senses: hearing; touching; and seeing.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
(1 John 1:1-2)
One of the things that John emphasizes is the very physical nature of Jesus and his life. Jesus brings senses alive. When he turns water into wine, it is very good wine to the taste. (John 2:1-10) When he heals a man born blind in John 9 he makes mud in his hand with saliva and rubs the mud in the man’s eyes. He washes feet in chapter 13. In First John, one of the biggest problems to avoid is denying that Jesus was in reality, flesh and blood.
While we are eternal souls, as I emphasized yesterday, we are also now in these bodies which Jesus has created and shown to be blessed by living in one himself He shared in the joys and struggles in all that life brings because of His great love for us.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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