1 John 1:1-4

1 John 1:1-4

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched– [many people only trust what they can see and experience. John is giving account of just that!] this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. [for an expanded view of the “Word of life,” read the first 14 verses of John’s Gospel]

2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. [Remember: “If Someone prophesies his own death, burial, and resurrection, I’m going with whatever He says!”]

3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. [the two are One. Jesus said so in John 10:30]

4 We write this to make our joy complete [with you as part of our fellowship; John is including US].

Lord Jesus, as I ponder these verses, I am reminded that John walked with You for three years living with you, watching you, listening to you, and experiencing life with you. He was there when you were tried and sentenced; he was there at the crucifixion–close enough for You to address him personally about your mom; he was there at the tomb and saw that it was empty; he was there in the upper room–both times–when you “transported in;” he was on the boat when You were on the beach; he was there when You ascended back to the Father; he was even there in heaven to see You open the scrolls!

I know I can believe John. May I take his words seriously as I read them. Please help me to apply them to my life. Increase my faith, Lord, by increasing my knowledge, thus giving You more ways to communicate with me.


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