- 1 John 1:1-5:21
- 2 John 1:1-13
- 3 John 1:1-14
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” –1 John 1:9, ESV
Sit with that verse for a bit. A direct cause-and-effect promise happens here, rooted in the character of the central figure.
Jesus is faithful. He does not stray from His promises. He is not reckless, nor is He careless. Faithfulness requires intimacy; it requires knowledge, and time spent together. Not from us, but from Him. His faithfulness endures forever. We need never fear that His faithfulness expires at midnight. For there is no midnight that will ever come that jesus will not be faithful to you.
Jesus is just. He knows the price of sin, and He demands that price be paid. But He doesn’t demand it of you; He demanded it of Himself. His justice does not “balance” His forgiveness. His justice is 100%, all the time. His faithfulness includes His 100% insistence upon justice.
The faithful and just One forgives, and He cleanses. The prices paid, He freely opens His arms to anyone who would believe. The sins are forgiven, the stain removed. The faithful and just One would rather pay the price Himself than have you not have the chance at being with Him.
If you don’t yet believe in Jesus as your Savior, what is stopping you? On this Christmas day, look upon the manger where the faithful and just One chose to come that you wouldn’t have to pay the penalty of your sin. Look upon His terrified but following earthly parents whose ordinary lives became extraordinary just because they followed God. Remember the star in the east, the angels’ proclamation. This God came to be your Savior. He is faithful. He is just. You can trust Him.