The book of 1 John was written with a clear message: hear it loud and clear, Jesus is the Christ, and a relationship with Him changes everything. This message is counter cultural. It defied the norms of culture when John first wrote these words to the early church, and it still turns heads to this day.
John wrote this letter with the intent of encouraging early Christians in this truth, but also to rebuke false teachers of the time. Have you ever played the game telephone? Imagine the same situation but during biblical times. Many had heard of Jesus and his teachings, but, over time, the message became convoluted…much like a game of telephone. Teachers were teaching that Jesus couldn’t have possibly been both God and man, rather He was actually some sort of phantom or divine spirit that only inhabited a human body for a period of time. Therefore, His death on the cross could not atone for our sins.
Certainly, this must have frustrating for John. He had experienced Jesus first hand. He had heard His teachings. He had seen the miracles He was able to perform. John says repeatedly in the first four verses we read today that he was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus. John was convicted about the truth of who Jesus is, because he had experienced His love!
Today’s text ends with an invitation from John. He says in verse three “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.” John invites us to experience the same love he was able to experience first hand. A love that can break chains, transform hearts, and literally change lives one piece at a time.
Maybe you need to experience this love John reminds us of. We all can experience more of Jesus. Take some time today and just pray to the Lord. Sit quietly, listening for what He might want to share with you. Pray for His love to transform your heart, and shape your life today. Are you able to sit for five minutes in silence basking in the majesty of our King?
We serve a mighty, and loving God. How thankful I am that we are able to have fellowship with Him because of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My joy is complete knowing that truth alone.