I can think of the last time I wrote an email - even a long one at that. Sometimes my brother sends me text messages that should be letters because they come in 5 different parts, but I can't think of the last time I sat down and wrote a letter.
Think back, really hard to the last time that you wrote a letter, and tell me this. Would you like it to be published as a book? That is what we are dealing with when we come to most of the second half of the New Testament, and specifically when we come to 3 John, the third letter written to the community of believers that were being led by John, or at least his initial followers.
It is important as we continue tor read ahead, that we remember this. As we read any of the epistles, and especially as we read 3 John, we are reading a letter that was written from one individual to another, with a specific message in mind. There were very specific circumstances with a very specific time frame. However, there are also messages of the Gospel present in each and every one of these letters, which is why we still read them today.
Hope in the midst of despair, mercy in the midst of hate, and forgiveness in the midst of evil wrongdoing. Life in the midst of death, welcome in the midst of betrayal. This is the Gospel. This is Christianity at its best and finest.
What do you take from this letter? What message of Gospel are you receiving? Come join the conversation, and join us Sunday morning!