It is 2019 and we have reached another Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway. That means many things, the beginning of a new season, robins are out, new paint schemes and clean looking cars, new hopes and dreams, new power plants for some, new divisions to race in, rookies, and also for me, new chapels and a new series of lessons. I thought it would be good to go through the book of First John this year. Just five chapters so we should be able to get through it in a couple of years.
Let’s get started by reading 1 John 1:1-4.
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— 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— 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. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
Is this beginning a reference to beginning as in the time of the church age? Or Jesus’ ministry or his life? Or is it the beginning as in creation or is it talking about before time? I can kind of grasp eternity in the future, heaven and God being worshiped but eternity before time is much more difficult for me to get my head around. I think God likes it that man can’t think in those terms. It makes us have to step out in faith.
Next in verse one we see “which we have heard, seen, looked upon and touched”. Have you heard God and His Word? Are you listening? Do you eagerly spend intentional time in the Bible and with God in prayer? It appears John is pointing back to less than 50 years prior when he was with Jesus. He is pointing to the “word of life”. John wants us to connect with Jesus in both his body form and His deity. It is profound! Stop and think deeply on that. He also is pointing to Jesus as the Word. See John 1:1-5 which is going to be a reference point for much of 1 John. This quickly links us to Jesus and the gospel. Verse two speaks to the gospel and that we are to testify and proclaim Jesus and the gospel and eternal life. It also tells us that the Father is tied to the Son, and that point will often be driven home in this book.
“We proclaim to you also”. Do you proclaim God’s word and the gospel? Do you look for those lost and wandering through this life? Remember there was someone that was faithful and obedient that shared the truth and hope with you. Each one of us need to be doing the same. We need to be prepared and we need to look for those opportunities. Why is this so important? There are a bunch of reasons but foremost is that if we love Jesus we just have to tell others. Another is that we see the reality of heaven and hell. We want others to enjoy the worship of Jesus and we don’t want anyone convicted of sin to spend eternity in hell and separated from God. Another good reason to proclaim Christ and the gospel is we are commanded to. Here we see another reason and that is to have fellowship.
Next in verse three we see John continue his case of the deity of the Father and the Son. This verse might be a little softer than some deity verses and statements but it does tie the two as family and Father and Son. The paragraph ends with a great encouragement and statement. Writing this completed John’s and his group’s (see “our”) joy. We should get great joy at sharing the Bible and the hope of Jesus Christ. Do you? Have you shared truth lately? This week? I encourage you to proclaim who Jesus is this week.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,