With today’s Bible reading, we begin reading 1 John. One thing that strikes me from the very beginning of the letter is that John says that he and the other Apostles aren’t just passing along folk tales. They aren’t just passing along what other people told them.
John says, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1–3 CSB)
John and the other Apostles are eyewitnesses of everything that’s been reported about Jesus. He says, it happened right in front of us! We heard it! We saw it! We touched it! This really happened!
He continues by saying that the reason the Apostles are telling what they experienced is so that people who hear their experiences can have a relationship with God just as they have relationships with the Apostles.
What a mind-blowing thought: Mankind can have a relationship with the Creator of the universe! If it were possible to have a relationship with the Creator of the universe, what kind of hate would you have to have to not tell other people?!
That’s the kind of motivation we should have when we think of telling people about the greatest news ever announced! You just tell people Who you know and what you’ve experienced because you think it’s worth sharing.
Unless you don’t.
And maybe that’s why more Christians don’t tell their family, friends, and coworkers. They don’t think it’s worth it.
This devotional was originally published on September 27, 2019.
* Chapters covered in today’s reading:
1 John 1
1 John 2
1 John 3
1 John 4
1 John 5
2 John 1
3 John 1