More than 1,900 years ago, a man named John and his friends said some outrageous things. He writes this in a letter…
1 John 1:1
“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.”
John writes about someone he calls ‘the Word of life’:
- This ‘Word’ was there ‘from the beginning’. In other words, He existed before time itself.
- And yet this is someone John has also heard, seen and touched with his hands. He has met him in person.
John has more to say…
1 John 1:2
“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.”
What does John tell us about the Word of life?
- He appeared. He came to earth. Life is here!
- The One who is eternal had an address, a job and friends.
- But He also had a great mission – He came to offer us eternal life.
So who is this Word and what is this life that He offers?
1 John 1:3
“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.”
The Word is Jesus Christ.
He is God’s eternal Son who became human, born as a baby in 1st century Bethlehem.
John and his friends knew Jesus – they saw His miracles, His perfect life, His death on a cross and His resurrection.
They received eternal life, which John calls ‘fellowship’ – this means a real and personal friendship with God.
John and his friends now invite others into this relationship with God.
But how is that possible?
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Most of us know deep down that we don’t deserve to be friends with God.
But because God gave his one and only Son, no one needs to face God’s judgement.
Jesus’s death on a cross means any person can be forgiven and receive eternal life in His name.
Christians are people from all backgrounds and walks of life, who have been forgiven and now enjoy that living relationship with God.
Wherever you live and work today, there will be church communities who can share the message of Jesus with you and tell you about the life they have found in Him.