We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. — 1 John 1:1 (NLT)
It’s hard not to envy John as we read these words. He begins this letter by identifying himself as one who had experienced an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. It is awe-inspiring to consider what it must have been like to hear, see, and touch the One who has always been. If we use our imaginations, we can perhaps obtain a small glimpse of what John was able to see firsthand so many years ago. How we long to take his place.
But if the truth be told, seeing Jesus with our eyes is not really all that relevant to our Christian walk, even though it would undoubtedly reassure and satisfy us at an emotional level. What is most important is that we recognize and accept Jesus as John describes Him, as, “the Word of life.” This is the same way John started out his Gospel account – In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). This Word John speaks of is the eternal, infallible, sinless, crucified, risen, and returning Son of the living God. And the great news is that today, even as you read these words, the Word wants nothing more than for you to grow in relationship with Him. Are you ready?
PRAYER THOUGHT: Lord, I want to know You as intimately as John did. Hear my prayer, and teach me Your ways so that I might become more and more like You.