“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us…” 1John 1:1-2
What’s it like to have a large dog as a member of your household?
Most people couldn’t tell you what’s it’s like simply because of the fact that they haven’t experienced it, so they don’t know.
If you were to ask me, I’d ask you, “What breed: St. Bernard, Great Dane, or Greyhound?” I have experience living with or around all three of these breeds. I should say that having lived with dogs of this size I don’t really think of Labs, and Collies, and most Shepherds as being large dogs, though I know most people do. To me they’re medium sized dogs. I guess it’s a matter of experience and perspective.
Most people can only imagine what it’s like to live with a large breed of dog and while our imaginations are amazing tools in helping us prepare for what we don’t know there’s really no comparison between imagination and actual experience.
The Apostle John, as he writes his first letter to the Christian Church, begins by presenting his, and his fellow apostles, real world experience as his credentials.
“We’re telling you about the things we heard, what we saw, those things we had the opportunity to study, what we got to touch. We have personal, intimate experience with Jesus, the Word of Life.”
It’s from this up close and personal experience with Jesus that they testify and bear witness.
“We’ve seen that eternal life is real. That life lives together with God the Father and was made manifest to us and now we’ve come to tell you about the eternal life we’ve seen.”
Friends, as Christians, we have a great number of truths that we can share with the people God puts us in contact with. There’s healthy living, prophetic signs of the end of the world, the unchanging law of God, spiritual gift, etc., etc. All of these truths are good and necessary for a growing, maturing Christian to study and learn. But there’s one truth that is the number one truth to know and not lose sight of. And that’s what John opens his letter with.
Jesus, he’s the beginning and he’s the life. He is eternal life for us. In the midst of all the important truths contained in the everlasting Gospel never lose sight of the One that is of surpassing importance. Jesus. He makes everything clear. He puts everything else in its proper place.