1 John 1:1–4 (ESV)
The Word of Life
1 That which was from the
beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal
life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we
are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
John begins by stating that Jesus is both God and man. He is God in that he has been around since the creation of the world. He is man
in that he speaks, has a body that can be seen and his body has substance that can be felt. He was both God and a very real and tangible man. John and the disciples have seen him and his works, and they testify as witnesses, and they even proclaim
Jesus, the giver of eternal life. Jesus who existed at the creation of the world, the Father manifested Jesus in the form of a baby that was born and raised here on earth. John and the disciples want you to have fellowship with God the Father and
the Son. Your fellowship will make their joy complete. This is how John begins 1 John, by establishing Jesus as God and Man. John’s hope is that you will come to know Jesus and live in fellowship with him.
I pray: O Lord, You are my Lord and Savior. You are my God, who forgives me and restores me into His kingdom. Help me to share the story of Jesus with others so that they will see that he is both God and man. Let the Holy Spirit
convict and convert them into believers. Amen.