Have you seen the movie, “The Rookie”, starring Dennis Quad? In the true life movie, he portrayed the pro baseball pitcher, Jim Morris. He made his debut at age 35 when most are at the end of their pro career. Temptation to quit his pursuit of baseball hit Jim one night after spending long hours on a bus and missing his family. After speaking to his wife via phone Jim’s hopes renewed. The following morning with spirit high, he told one of his buddies, “You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball.”
His words mirror the privilege we have when the Apostle John writes to his readers in 3 John 7 and 1John 1: 3,4
“Because that for his name’s sake they went forth …”
“That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you,
that ye also may have fellowship with us:
and truly our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things write we unto you
that your joy may be full.”
They went forth to declare the name of Jesus and in John’s letters and the Gospel bearing his name we find –
Jesus’s name is:
“the Word of life…manifested…” 1 John 1:1;
and the Word was God…
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4;
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all… 1John 1:5;
because the darkness is past,
and the true light now shineth … 1John 2:8”
His is the blood –
“that cleanseth us from all sin.” 1:7
He is the –
“faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1:9
He is our righteous –
“advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
And he is the propitiation for our sins
and not for ours only,
but also for the sins of the whole world.” 2:1,2
Jesus campaigns to the Father on our behalf when we seek forgiveness of sin. No other can do this for He is the accepted sacrifice for our sins. He is our substitute. His death satisfied God’s wrath against sin.
Jesus’s name is the love of God displayed on a cross.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 3:16
“Herein is love,
not that we loved God,
but that he loved us,
and sent his Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.” 4:10
Jesus came in the flesh.
“For many deceivers are entered into the world,
who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.
This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” 2 John 7
He is the manifestation of the truth and love dwelling in us.
“For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us,
and shall be with us for ever.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace,
from God the Father, and
from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father,
in truth and love.” 2 John 2,3
Jesus is the Christ the Son of God.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
and every one that loveth him that begat
loveth him also that is begotten of man …
who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth
that Jesus is the Son of God.” 1 John 5:1,5
He is of the Trinity. He came by –
“water and blood, even Jesus Christ;
not by water only, but by water and blood.
And it is the spirit that beareth witness,
because the Spirit is truth.
For there are three that bear record in heaven,
and the Holy Ghost:
and these three are one.”
1 John 5:6,7
All followers of Jesus Christ identify with John. We have heard the Word of life. We have seen truth. We have experienced Jesus’s cleansing. We have received eternal life. We rejoice in fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit in us empowers us to declare what we have heard, seen, and experienced. So, you know what we get to do today – and every day? We get to declare the name of Jesus Christ.