Light

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

Please read and or listen to 1 John 1:1-2:2 today. In this section, John gives three reasons for his writing: fellowship (1:3), complete joy (1:4), and so they would not sin (2:1). Yet behind all of these reasons (and another yet to come (5:13), there is a desire on his part that they would know who God is, specifically, that he is light and he is love. In these verses, he reveals how this impacts our view of sin. God is light. Essentially, this means that God is pure and righteous. He is totally, completely, absolutely, utterly holy, with absolutely no presence of sin, no presence of iniquity, and not even a whiff of injustice. He is resplendent with light. There is absolutely no darkness at all. John says that this is what they have heard from Jesus. John will go on to give some implications of this truth for the followers of Jesus, but for today, take some time to ponder this truth about God. Consider that he is absolute light and think about the difference that makes in how you approach him. Consider Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (a glimpse into the light). Consider that God dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16). Consider the impact that coming into the presence of the Son had on Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1ff). Praise God for his purity as you ponder his greatness.