1 John 4:7-21
The tired old man was perched on the steps leading into the church. He sat there every day. He had no place to go; no particular circumstance required his presence. He was homeless, jobless and for the most part, invisible. No one noticed him, except for the pastor who supplied breakfast and the newspaper a few times per week. The two were friends; brothers you could say. They sat quietly, so obviously different, yet so much the same, bound together.
In the text before us, John has but one message; Jesus Christ came as the manifestation of God’s love. “For God so loved the world,” John would write in his gospel, “that he gave his only Son.” John 3:16 God’s love is realized through Christ, so that humanity may be saved through him. God’s love is perfect, undeserved and everlasting. It is the love shared by his people. Those who abide in his love, abide in him, and he in them.
The two men on the steps recognized the love that united them; they spoke of it often. As they shared the news of the day, they shared something even more fulfilling – the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Holy God, fill us with your love, that we may abide in you and you in us. Amen.