THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
MEET, LIVE, SHARE CHRIST - 5
1 John 2:3-11
The true Christian is one who meets Christ, lives Christ and
we really met Christ? Do we know who he is,
that he is the Messiah? Simeon was told “by the Holy
Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the
Messiah of the Lord.” (Lk 2:26). He saw Jesus when he
was presented at the temple, and there he declared to God,
“my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared
in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the
Gentiles” (Lk 2:30-32a).
about people today? The world has just celebrated the coming
of Jesus, but does the world recognize him as the Messiah?
Has the world known the Christ? Do the many nominal Christians
really know Jesus? “The way we may be sure that we know
him is to keep his commandments.” (1 Jn 2:3). We are
to live Christ. But seeing how the world,
and many Christians, are living very sinful lives, in blatant
violation of the commandments of God, it is clear that they
have not known Jesus the Messiah.
it is not just avoiding sin. To live Christ is to live the
love of God, to be in union with God, and to strive for the
very holiness of God. “But whoever keeps his word, the
love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we
may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to
abide in him ought to live just as he lived.” (1 Jn
does all these ought to lead us to? How do we live the love
of God? Well, God so loved the world that He sent His own
Son as Messiah, Savior and Lord. We must proclaim that Lord.
How are we to be in union with God? Well, we are to be holy
witnesses, living His way and proclaiming Jesus as the way.
How are we to live as Jesus lived? Well, we are to expend
ourselves to proclaim and establish the Kingdom. God loves
us, and we in turn are not only to love Him but our neighbor
as well. How do we express love for neighbor? The most important
way is to share Christ. This is the work
are called to the New Evangelization. John says, “Beloved,
I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment
that you had from the beginning. .... And yet I do write a
new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among
you” (1 Jn 2:7a,8a). The old and the new. So it is with
evangelization. It is old, 2,000 years old, but the call is
to the New Evangelization. This is our work, “for the
darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”
(1 Jn 2:8b).
share Christ is to “proclaim his salvation day after
day.” (Ps 96:2b). It is to be rapid and massive, persistent,
insistent, persevering. To share Christ is to “tell
his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his marvelous
deeds.” (Ps 96:3). It is to be worldwide.
you truly know Jesus whose coming we just celebrated? Then
be like Simeon, who “was righteous and devout, awaiting
the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.”
(Lk 2:25b). Go to live and share Christ. Obey the command
of Jesus to proclaim the gospel to all of creation. Let it
not be said of you: “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’
but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth
is not in him.” (1 Jn 2:4).