Scripture for Today: 1 John 1:1-4 (NASB)
1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
Reflections: As the author of this book, the Apostle John wants you and I to immediately know the veracity of what he is about to share. He begins by reinforcing that he heard this message with his own ears, from Jesus Himself. He saw the miracles and life of Jesus with his own eyes. He touched Jesus with his own hands. John’s words, insights and perspective can be trusted, because he actually lived with Jesus for several years.
John goes on to describe Jesus as the “Word of Life“. He is literally declaring that Jesus is the definition of life for all of humanity. He is stating that we should center our existence around the life of Jesus. What an intense beginning to this letter. However, John doesn’t stop with describing Jesus as the definition of life. He continues his introduction by explaining that the entire point of Jesus life on earth was to allow us to ultimately live in relationship with Him each and every day. He says, “we proclaim this to you also, so that you too may have… fellowship with the Father and with His son Jesus Christ.” John isn’t suggesting that Jesus is a nice person and that we can learn much from Him. He is explicitly stating that Jesus must be the center of our lives. Elsewhere John records Jesus himself stating that He came so we “may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b). I’m not sure about you, but I want to live an abundant life, and that is precisely what Jesus offers us.
Think about this for a moment. The Author and essence of life came to earth so that you and I could have a full and abundant life, characterized by a deep, loving and profound relationship with Him! If you want to catalyze growth in your life, you need to ensure that God`1 is the center of your existence. God is life.
Taking Your Next Step: Meditate today on what it means that Jesus is the “Word of Life.”
Questions to Catalyze Growth:
- Do I center my existence around the Jesus are the “Word of Life?” Why or why not?
- What holds me back from experiencing the “abundant” life Jesus offers?
- What next step can I take today to become more like Jesus?