Preacher: Elder Wamagata Kairu wa Njeri (Wama G)
Message: The reason why Christ was made manifest
Reading: 1 John 3:4-10
Today is Friday and ordinarily we don’t come to church, there is a reason why we are here, but do we know the reason? The real reason?
Whenever anything happens there is a reason to it.
There could be the main reason or other subsidiary reasons.
Whenever we attend weddings……
For instance whenever we attend weddings, there is the main reason, which is to witness two people taking vows to live together in marriage.
However, there could be other reasons why people attend weddings, some could be to show off latest fashion, meet friends or even try to stop the wedding from going on like we saw last week on TV.
There could also be an ostensible reason for doing something.
Ostensible means stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so, which means saying why one is doing something but in the real sense there is another underlying reason.
In the olden day……
For instance in the olden days when young men would go looking of ladies in their homes, they would gave a wide range of reasons such as borrowing a book or checking on an assignment but the real reason would be to see the ladies.
Or even when people sing vigorously in functions attended by dignitaries, the ostensible reason is to get noticed coz who knows it could land them favours.
Let us focus on the real reason why we celebrate this day.
John calls his audience little children and warns them not to let any man deceive them for the one who does what is right is righteous just as God is righteous.
John says the one who commits sin belongs to the devil for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.
It therefore means that all of us Christians have at one point of the other belonged to the devil whenever we have sinned. This of course is a very undesirable state but thank God there is hope.
You either belong to God or the devil based on your actions. There is no middle ground or near to ground.
This means that sin delinks us from God. As such, even if we engage with all other religious activities, we still remain delineated from God.
John equates committing sin to transgression of the law, which means going against what the law of God requires.
Examples of sin can be found in Revelation 21:8, which includes being a coward and lying.
All of us have been guilty of lying either directly or indirectly especially using the mobile phones.
There is no big or small sin before God. Unfortunately, most Christians have classified some sins as big while others they consider them small sins.
At times we imagine that the more we get closer to God, we get off the radar of the devil. The reality is that the more we get closer with God, the more the devil focuses on us to try and derail us from following God.
John says that Jesus was manifested to take away our sins by destroying the works of the devil.
To manifest means to display or show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance.
God showed his love for us by allowing Jesus to go through a lot of humiliation to destroy the works of the devil in our lives – John 3:16.
Reason means a cause, explanation or justification for an action or event.
Justification means the action of showing something to be right or reasonable.
The justification why God was right to allow Jesus Christ to go through all that he went through at a time like this, was to show his love for us so that the works of the devil in our lives would be destroyed and we would stop sinning and thus stop belonging to devil and instead belong to God.
We ought to have gone through such humiliation but Jesus took the pain on our behave.
Those who follow the devil get humiliated by him but those who follow Jesus are not humiliated because Jesus took the same on their behalf.
John concludes that section by saying whoever is born of God does not sin for the seed of God remains in him.
John says that those who abide in God do not sin. Let us therefore abide in God and thus keep sin away so that the reason why Christ was made manifest may not be in vain in our lives.
To abide in God we need to always do the basics of Christianity which include reading the Bible daily, praying and having a fellowship with one another to share what we have learned from God.
Unfortunately most of us are so busy and rarely engage in the basics of Christianity. This gives the devil time to lead us astray.
Let us therefore embrace the real reason why Christ was made manifest so that the work of the devil will be destroyed in our lives. Let us accept Jesus as our saviour and let us engage in the basics of Christianity to strengthen our bond with God.
1 John 3:4-10
4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.
5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.
6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.
10 This is how we know who the children of Godare and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
Credits to: Elder Wamagata (Writer) and Kamoche (Publisher)