Jesus Christ the Righteous One

John Koedyker

Read: 1 John 2:1-2

Jesus Christ the righteous . . . is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (vv. 1-2)

The other day I drove past a church sign that has space on it for a short message and it read “Forgiveness: The Essence of Christianity.” Those words summarize quite well the meaning of the first two verses of 1 John 2. Christian faith in its essence is not a complicated thing. In just two verses John very simply, with just a few words, describes what the gospel is.

God’s great desire is that we would not sin (v. 1). But, we do. And unfortunately, will continue to do so, though we must not make a practice of sinning but instead as children born of God do what is righteous (see 1 John 3:4-10). Yet here is the good news God has for us, that even if we sin, God has provided a way for us to be forgiven—through Jesus Christ the Righteous One. This is the heart of the gospel, and John loves to preach it as he also does in his Gospel: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Someone once said, “I am not a Christian because I am strong and have it all together; I am a Christian because I am weak and admit that I need a Savior.” Have you? —John Koedyker

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me trust you to make things right in my life, now and forever.