These are tough and harsh words from John in his first letter. Once again it’s about lying; however, in this instance we’re more certain of the author’s intent. If we don’t believe Jesus is the Christ, then we are liars and antichrists, so says John. Clearly, John is not talking about the devil or Satan. It’s a simple point: the truth is “Jesus is the Christ.” The lie is that he is not.
What is Christ to us? Christ is the risen Jesus who we believe will come again – eventually. I also believe Christ comes again every time we show respect, compassion, and love to those around us. Christ is made present though our words and actions when focused on God’s will. That will is to love one another and, of course, to love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls.
We all need to be pro-Christ, not anti.
Deacon David Pierce