Summary: Light and Darkeness have NO commonality and as beleivers we should always focus on the light and flee from the darkness.
Date Written: December 7, 2008
Date Preached: December 10, 2008
Where Preached: OPBC (Wed PM)
Sermon Series: A Study of John’s Letters
Sermon Title: 1 John 1:5
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
A young man was sitting at a stop light in downtown New Orleans one evening when the lady in front of him was distracted as she was going thru some papers on her front seat. The red light changed to green and the young woman did not move.
The young man was a bit put off by this and gently bumped his horn to remind her that she was driving and not at the library or at her office. But even with his gentle reminder, she did not move and before he knew the light turned yellow and then red again!
When the light turned red, and the young lady had still not moved, this young man began (with his windows up) screaming at the top of his lungs and beating his fists on his steering wheel.
He was shocked when he heard a knock on his window, he turned to look and saw a policeman with his gun drawn, tapping on his window. The policeman told him to step out of the car and he handcuffed him. As he was putting him in the back of the patrol car the young man [still in disbelief] began to protest. "You can’t arrest me for screaming at her from INSIDE my car!"
The patrolman looked at him and told him to be quiet and then got into his car and drove them to the police station. After 2 hours in a holding cell, the officer came in and told the young man that he was free to go.
The man told him, “You have stepped in it now my friend, I know that I cannot be arrested for screaming and throwing a fit in MY OWN car… You haven’t heard the last of this."
The police officer calmly responded to him by saying, "Sir, you were not arrested for shouting or throwing a fit in your car! You see, I was sitting directly behind you at that light. I saw you screaming and beating your steering wheel, and I said to myself, "What a jerk. But there is nothing I can do to him for throwing a fit in his own car.”
Then I noticed the ’Cross’ hanging from your rear view mirror, the Know Jesus Know Peace bumper sticker, and the Fish symbol on the back of your car, and I thought… this is not his car, it must be stolen, and that is why you were arrested."
Character…have you ever stopped to realize what character means in today’s world? When I think about character I think of honesty, kindness in the face of hostility, and doing the right thing for the right reason at the right time!
As believers we are called to a ‘character’ that is FAR above and beyond what this world sets as a standard for good. We are called to God’s standard, we are called to walk in the light of Christ!
In our verse tonight John reveals the character to which we are called to immolate… to which we are called to strive after… to which we were called to be like! Look at v.5 again with me and let’s look at 3 facets of this light that John writes about…