1 John’s Easter Hope
“For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” – 1 John 3:11-15
Check out last week’s sermon here.
The “Cain Principle” – seen naturally in every human heart through attitudes of hatred, envy, jealousy, and the like – is a deadly foe to the affection and love that brothers and sisters in Christ are called to.
Question: How is the “Cain Principle” only defeated?
Answer: “When the Cain Principle meets Jesus, it is utterly destroyed…Jesus takes up the cross and He dies for our sin.” -Pastor Mike
Question: How do I know that the old principle of envy, jealousy and hate has been put to death by Jesus?
Answer: “The gospel frees us to love one another. Love is evidence that the gospel is doing a work in our hearts.” -Pastor Mike
Question: When I am exposed by the sin of the “Cain Principle,” hating my brother or sister in Christ, where can I turn?
Answer: “The answer to our envy, jealousy and hate is to take our eyes off of ourselves and off of one another and put them on Jesus. We stand amazed at the wonder of the cross, that God would show grace and kindness to sinners, a sinner even like me.” -Pastor Mike
All these truths stated, may the celebration, remembrance, and worship of Christ this Easter weekend be ever more the precious and God glorifying. Why is Good Friday good? Why is the resurrection so hope filling and joy filling?
Take a moment to ponder the cross and the evil in your heart that Jesus took on His shoulders. Worship Him this weekend.
Good Friday Hope Through John’s Eyes For The Traveling Saint
When the darkness of sin looks sweet (1 John 1:5),
When the Devil’s works seem right (1 John 3:8),
When I am moved to hate (1 John 2:9),
The one for whom Christ bled and died,
My sin exposed by their holy life (1 John 3:12).
O God, to Calvary return my heart,
Where light crushed darkness at great cost (1 John 1:5),
Where Christ destroyed the Devil’s works (1 John 3:8),
Where perfect love destroyed my hate (1 John 3:1),
Through wood and nails and mocking scorn,
Blows taken for my wretched life,
Now at that cross again I cry,
“What wonder!” God of heaven calls me child (1 John 3:1).
And God if to sin I fall (1 John 1:8),
To darkness, Devil, path of death, deeds of Cain (1 John 3:12),
The hypocrite I play (1 John 3:8).
O God, again to Calvary,
Where Christ was light, not received (John 9:5),
And in rejection took my sin,
And crushed the works of that Satan (1 John 3:8),
Where through His body, blood was titled,
“Sinners Advocate” before the Holy One (1 John 2:1),
And for sinners, perfect propitiation (1 John 2:2),
Now I, this wretched one, made son (1 John 3:1),
On the rock of Christ, His cross, I run (1 John 1:7).