1 John 1:1-4
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
I’ve been flying by this particular chunk of scripture for years, but only this weekend really read it. I am teaching on it tonight, so I have spent some time breaking it down a bit. Do you realize what these verses say? The Word (both the Bible and Jesus) have been made manifest. Do you see that, hear that, feel that? It has been made manifest to a bunch of guys who soon after their experiences wrote everything down.
Let’s pull on this a bit. I love reading historical novels and biographies. Do you realize that is exactly what the Bible, and all of the New Testament is? First hand accounts of events that were seen, heard, felt and touched. When was the last time you read about the Holocaust, or about Rosa Parks and MLK Jr? These are stories written by and about some people who are alive or had first hand knowledge of their subject. Have you ever thought about how John points out here in 1 John that he too had first hand knowledge of his subject?
I think of one of the most popular biographies in recent years, John Adams by David McCullough. John Adams was dead many years before David was born, yet his book has endured none of the scorn and questioning the New Testament has. Why is that? The Bible is unique for so many reasons, but one of those is that the first hand knowledge of its writers is unique for a history book.
The Word was made manifest, and it was the same yesterday, today and forever. 66 books by 40 some authors in three languages over about 1600 years and the continuity of its central message is amazing. God created us to be with him and when our sin separated us from him he immediately put into action a plan to restore us to himself through the work of Christ on the Cross. The Word become flesh. The story came to life. It is a better mystery, sci-fi, horror and magical story than any other ever told, and it is all true. AMAZING!
Father God, help me see your word in new and amazing ways every day. Help me never get over the magic of you love, grace and mercy. Help me approach your word with the correct reverence and love for a work so profound.