John 1:1-4 “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.”
Have you ever witnessed something so amazing that you just couldn’t keep quiet about it? I remember in 2003 the Indianapolis Colts were down by three touchdowns with a little over five minutes to go. My wife who is an avid Colts fan and went to bed disgusted and went to bed. For some reason, I decided to stay up and watch the end of a seemingly lost cause game. To my surprise, Peyton Manning led his team to an overtime comeback win that became a record setter. No one has ever come back from 3 touchdowns in that little time and won in the NFL since. I’m not a Colts fan at all but I couldn’t stop talking about it.
As amazing as that was, imagine watching someone who was known as the son of a carpenter rising from religious obscurity to start the greatest spiritual awakening that had ever been or ever would be! He healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, and confounded religious leaders, only to suffer an agonizing death and then be resurrected and ascended into heaven right before your eyes. This was exactly what the Apostle John was an eye-witness to. Because of what John witnessed he was inspired to dedicate his life to serving and sharing all he had seen with anyone who would listen.
John called Jesus "The Light of the World," and aptly so. Light reveals things that could not be seen apart from its existence. Jesus made the love, mercy, power, and grace of God come alive to people who had only known legalism and religion. People’s lives were being changed and religious strongholds were being torn down right before their eyes. John wanted more than just to introduce people to Jesus, He wanted them to experience the joy and peace of a personal relationship with Him for themselves.
How about you? Have you ever experienced the blessing of knowing that you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Do you know the peace of knowing that your life is under the care and control of a loving Savior? Has the light of Jesus Christ revealed new and amazing things to you? Has He changed you and made you a new person? There are people you may know who may not want to listen to a preacher or read the Bible, but they’ll listen to your eye-witness account of the Light of the World.
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