I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I John 2:12
There it is again. John tells us why he is writing and it’s to remind us that we “have been forgiven on account of His name.” We are forgiven because of what Jesus did, not because of our actions or righteousness. In these first days of readings, John reminds us again and again of the cross and our forgiveness through His sacrifice. Meg and Jack love to hear me tell stories of their baby days, my own childhood, and how our lives were when John and I were a couple BK (Before Kids). They weren’t there, but I think it links them to these events because I was there, and I’m telling these stories from my memories and experiences.
Just think of how this relates to John. He was there in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was at the foot of the cross where Jesus told him to look after Mary, and he outruns Peter on the way to the empty tomb. What an experience to read these words I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name written from the pen of John, a man who was there in the days when all of our sins were forgiven through the name of Jesus.
As I continue this study, I am reminded about the divine inspiration of scripture and how God used men like John and other biblical writers to pen words that speak to us today through the Holy Spirit.