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God is Light: In Him is No Darkness at All

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Sermon shared by Timm Meyer

April 2005
Summary: EASTER 3(B) - God is light and there is no darkness in him at all for Jesusí blood overcomes all darkness and then believers can walk in the light of Godís forgivenss.
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
GOD IS LIGHT: IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS (Outline)
1 JOHN 1:5-2:2 - April 10, 2005 - EASTER 3

INTRO: How many have heard the saying opposites attract? In some case that statement is quite accu-rate. Todayís text reminds us that opposites do not always attract. In fact, opposites are just that Ė they oppose one another. The opposites in our text include: light and dark, sin and forgiveness, life and death. Today we gather in the afterglow of Christís resurrection. The tomb is empty. Christ is arisen! He is risen indeed! It is in this light of salvation that our text encourages us. "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned"(ISAIAH 9:2). We celebrate and rejoice that Godís saving light has dawned on us. Todayís text contains our theme:

GOD IS LIGHT: IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL.
I. Jesusí blood overcomes all darkness of sin.
II. Believers walk in the light of forgiveness.

I. JESUSí BLOOD OVERPOWERS ALL DARKNESS OF SIN

A. John writes to teach against the heresy of the day -- gnosticism. Gnosticism means knowledge.
1. The people of the day worshiped knowledge as god. John writes of Godís knowledge.
2. Verse 1:5. Reasonable men recognize where there is light darkness is gone.
B. God is the light that extinguishes all darkness, not knowledge. Believers walk in Godís light.
1. In verse 1:6 John warns believers about walking in darknessóthe knowledge of the world.
2. There is a close connection between light and Godís salvation and truth and confession
C. Verses 1:8 & 1:10 both mention the importance of seeing oneís sinfulness.
1. As the believer looks inward they see the darkness of sin in their own hearts.
2. All fall short of Godís glory. Verse 2:2b tells of Jesusí defense on the sinnersí behalf.
3. No matter how dark the sin the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin in verses 1:7a.

D. Not many, probably not any like to look into the depths of sin-darkened hearts. For whenever we look into the recesses of our minds and hearts we can see the evil that lurks within. The world in its knowl-edge offers money and wealth as the solution to our cares and concerns. This solution does not last. We are led astray by loving ourselves, others, or even our family more than God himself. Yes, it is hard to escape sin and its dark, evil effects. Consider King David. David had everything but committed adultery and murder in an effort to get more. In Psalm 51 we have his confession, a Christian confession useful for all of us. "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight"(PSALM 51:3,4a). We live surrounded by sinís darkness.

E. As believers we are very blessed to be able to escape from the darkness of sin. Our escape is not based on merit, worth, or ourselves but purely out of and because of Godís undeserved loveódivine, free grace. Soon after Pentecost the early apostles preached to the crowds and reminded them of their respon-sibility of putting Jesus, the Savior of the world, to death. They were guilty. This guilt cut them to the heart. They wondered what they should do. Our sins cut us to the quick. What should we do? Where do we turn? Who can help? "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped
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