The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
The scene was San Diego Superior Court. Two men were on trial for armed robbery. An eyewitness took the stand, and the prosecutor moved carefully: "So, you say you were at the scene when the robbery took place?"
"And you saw a vehicle leave at a high rate of speed?"
"And did you observe the occupants?"
"Yes, two men."
"And," the prosecutor looking at the robbers boomed out loudly, "are those two men present in court today?"
At this point the two defendants sealed their fate. They raised their hands.
In the first Chapter of his first letter to the churches, John begins by expressing his personal credentials for his testimony about Jesus. John was a firsthand witness. He was one of Jesus’ best friends. He had experienced the words and life of the Lord. He had heard his words and had even touched the Savior. Not only had he experienced Jesus with his physical senses, but he had grown in fellowship with the Word of Life. Fellowship means relationship.
John had a reason for giving his credentials. He was telling the rest of us that we too could experience the Word of Life! He wanted us to have the same relationship with Jesus that he had.
As a part of the fellowship of Christ, nothing would make him more joyful than for others to connect to Jesus in the same way he had.
Throughout the remainder of his writing, John shows us how that relationship with Christ impacts the way we live. John doesn’t just tell us how to live; he tells us what it looks like when Jesus lives inside of us.
Firsthand knowledge makes the difference.
This Sunday we will begin a series of messages based on 1 John titled, The Jesus Difference with the initial introduction from the first 4 verses titled, The Word of Life.
We will see how that Christianity isn’t a religious experience, but rather a transformation in our lives that comes from a life connected to the Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As we grow in him, we learn to live like him in his truth and love. I look forward to sharing this series with you beginning this Sunday.
Knowing Him Firsthand,