Today’s Reading: 1 John 1:1-10
Key Verse: We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
The Bible is fact not fiction. Our faith is not built upon a fable but is rather rooted in the facts of history. Jesus Christ was a historical figure and invites investigation. We see this in 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…”
John begins his letter with no introduction or greeting. Instead, he starts off much like he did in the Gospel that he wrote in John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Jesus is eternal, without beginning or end. This also echoes back to Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The message about Jesus has not changed. John has been with Jesus from the beginning of His ministry and the records about Him are true. John heard what He said, saw what He did and also touched Him. This is a fact not fiction.
John is saying that he was an eyewitness. The Bible is fact not fiction. My guess is that some of us have heard this so many times that we’re no longer moved by these truths. Yet we must learn from John and “proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life” Christianity is proclaimed, not private. Once an individual encounters Christ, one cannot help but proclaim Him to others.
The word “appeared” appears twice and means, “To be put on display for all to see.” Since Jesus has appeared, we can’t help but announce this news to others. Notice the three times “proclaim” is used here. This word means to report or announce as a messenger. He also uses the word “testify” which is a word from the court system, with means to bear witness of what one has seen and heard.
I love how eagerly the early church engaged in evangelism as stated by Peter and John in Acts 4:20: “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” The Bible is fact not fiction.