1 John 1:1-4 NIV
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 —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 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. 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. We write this to make our joy complete.
John, the beloved disciple and cousin of Jesus, and one of His closest friends, never tired of writing about the reality of his contact with Jesus. As he begins his first letter to the church, it is clear how his friendship with Jesus was based on reality and experience, which then influenced everything John would say and do for the rest of his life: proclaiming the Good News of Jesus.
What strikes me today is how John emphasises again and again that they lived with Jesus, saw him, touched him, realised how Jesus’ life was real evidence of the eternal life which God gives to us. The proof of His life is based on eyewitness accounts like John’s, not “fake news”. And this eternal life is not intended for the future like some lovely idea after we die, but a reality which should touch and change the way we live.
Last week was full of strange news and emotional moments. Another lockdown started and the US elections took place, and in the midst of that, ordinary everyday living continued. With all that is going on, we could so easily forget that what is REAL, trustworthy and eternal is our relationship with Jesus.
What shapes your daily life – is it the reality of living in fellowship with God, knowing that Jesus is the centre, no matter what happens? In these times, we need to make sure our fellowship with Jesus, through prayer, worship, reading/listening to the Bible takes priority, so that we continue to have hope, peace and purpose, knowing He is with us, even when surrounded by ups and downs in everyday life and the wider world.
PRAY: Heavenly Father, in a world where things keep changing and world events can feel draining, draw me closer to You in the fellowship that John talks about. Today, I want to see, touch, watch what You are doing in my world and be able to testify, like John, that Your gift of eternal life has transformed my everyday mundane challenges into evidence that You are still at work giving hope and joy to each of us. Give me eyes to see Your life-giving presence even in the little things, so my faith may be strengthened in You.