PRAYER: Please pray for an end to all of this. That God would have mercy on our land.
DEVOTION: “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. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.”
1 John 1:1-4
Today we begin a study and walk through of 1 John. The epistle is traditionally held to have been composed by John the Evangelist, at Ephesus, when the writer was in advanced age. The epistle’s content, language and conceptual style are very similar to the Gospel of John, 2 John, and 3 John.
A little jealous of John here. To proclaim that he saw and heard Jesus is pretty exciting. Pretty mind blowing actually. The beauty of the statement means that this is a first hand account which is incredibly important.
He is the word of life. He is life itself. As I read this my heart leapt. To drink water is life giving. To eat food is life giving. Jesus commands us to do both. In communion we take of the bread and the wine in remembrance of Him. In remembrance of his life, given to us. His life taken away so that we could have life. Don’t miss that.
John writes so that we may share his joy. Share the joy that he feels from sharing moments with Christ. Sharing time with him.
Let us relate to that as we share moments with Christ. Share joy with Christ. In our devotions and meditations. In our study and proclamation of his words.
Let it bring joy to us all.