We are writing to tell you these things, because this makes us truly happy. (CEV)
We write this to make our joy complete. (NIV)
Oh, nice. John wrote these things to you so he, John, would be happy. Not so you would be happy? Not so the people he was writing to would be happy? But because it made him happy?
Maybe. Some translations say “that your joy may be full” (KJV) or the more generous “Your joy will double our joy!” (MSG)
It seems to imply, though, that John himself received some measure of joy in sharing what he knew about the Living Word, that he had seen, and heard and touched and was being transformed into Jesus.
I was asking Jesus about this, about why John phrased it like this, why it was his joy to share what he had witnessed. It seemed to me Jesus was saying, “Do you ask me that, Ms. Love Minus Zero? For all you know there’s not a soul who reads your blog, but you keep writing it. Because it makes you happy!”
And it does. Because I don’t know how to make a proper blog, I really have no idea whether these words are just sitting there unread.
But every now and then, when someone does comment, and I get the idea that something I told someone about Jesus actually spoke to their heart about Jesus — it’s a gas!
What can be better than making Christ known, than shouting to the world, “Everything is going to be okay because Christ is risen, and He loves you! Let Him into your heart to heal you, and you’ll be overwhelmed with joy in His presence!”
It’s a gift, this joy, and it’s of the topsy-turvy kingdom kind, where the more you share it and spread it around, the more of it you have for yourself as well. I get why John wrote what he wrote.
Because it was true. It made his joy complete!