Thursday, April 29, 2010

Looking at First John

I love reading First John.It is so plain and simple and perhaps since I'm plain and simple, that's why I love to read it. It's apparent that this John is the Apostle John as his writtings here refer back to the gospel of John in several of the verses. This Epistle doesn't seem to be written to any one particular church, but maybe to all who read it. It's almost like it is written on a flyer and given out to the general public. 1. 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 message that John speaks of here is the same message that Jesus gave to His followers. It is a message that they heard. The heard it from the mouth of Jesus with their own ears. It was not hear-say, it was not public opinion nor was it voices on the street. They heard the message that John is writing about with their own ears directly from Jesus Himself. They not only heard Jesus speak this message but they were there in person with Him and they saw Him with their own eyes. Again, it was not something someone else said they saw, it was with thier own eyes, so unless they were deceived by their own eyes, they saw as they heard Jesus speak. They touched Jesus after the crucifiction, John reminds us that Doubting Thomas needed to touch his pierced hands and side before he would believe it really was Jesus. I'm certain that the love the Apostles had for Jesus would have been a touching love, one that shows concern and abiding love for the Savior. Now John refers to Jesus as the Word. John referred to Jesus as the Word in the gospel of John by saying "the Word became flesh" and in Revelation 19:13 he refers to Jesus as the "Word of God" John also on many occassions referred to Jesus as the Life. In John 2:4 he refers to Jesus as the Life and that that Life was the Light of men. He is the resurrection and the Life. So in First John 1:1 we are told up front what to expect because John is giving us a front row seat to knowing Jesus.
Do you know the Word of Life? Do you really know who Jesus is? Stay tuned and we will blog out First John for you.