Tuesday, April 9             1 John 2:18-28                  Shane Mullin

18 Little children, it is the last hour. Just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really part of us. If they had been part of us, they would have stayed with us. But by going out from us, they showed they all are not part of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the holy one, and all of you know the truth. 21 I don’t write to you because you don’t know the truth but because you know it. You know that no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? Isn’t it the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This person is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father, but the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

24 As for you, what you heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you will also remain in relationship to the Son and in the Father. 25 This is the promise that he himself gave us: eternal life.26 I write these things to you about those who are attempting to deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing that you received from him remains on you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you the truth. But since his anointing teaches you about all things (it’s true and not a lie), remain in relationship to him just as he taught you. 28 And now, little children, remain in relationship to Jesus, so that when he appears we can have confidence and not be ashamed in front of him when he comes.

An integral facet of the Christian faith is the believe that “Christ will come again.” This was a promise made to the disciples when Jesus ascended. And, although they likely believed that Jesus would return within a generation of his death upon the cross, this promise has been passed down for centuries – it has been passed on to us. In light of this, John points out that even while we wait, we must “remain in relationship to Jesus,” so that we can continue to learn what it means to be faithful Christians. The fact that we still confess and wait for Jesus’ return is a gift we have received from those who came before us. Indeed, the grace that God has “anointed” us with as followers of Jesus is meant to help us learn and grow – God wants us to continue to grow and develop our faith, so that we too can give this gift of grace to others, and the key to this growth is spending time with Jesus. So the question we must ask ourselves is: How are we nurturing our relationship with Jesus during this season of Lent?

Prayer: God, today we ask you to help us trust in and remain in relationship with Jesus, so that we can be steadfast in our mission of gifting this faith on to others.