Friday, June 29
Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions written by Kace Leetch from Clergy Stuff.
The writer of 1 John wrote to an audience that was inundated with messages about the end of times and the coming Messiah. Many of these proclaimed the coming apart from Jesus Christ. Others proclaimed Jesus, but were not truly following Christ's words and ways. Christians proclaimed Christ crucified and raised. The Christians' words were shown to be time-tested and true.
What are the words of Christ? They are words of love, patience, and tolerance. They are words that encourage not only faith, but action. They encourage abiding in or walking with Christ. Following his footsteps. Following his words. Following his actions. Christ's words and actions have not failed us for over 2000 years. They still carry the promise: you are loved.
Narrative Lectionary Text: 1 John 2:18-25
Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us.
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.