A Love Letter from the Beloved Deciple

One of my favorite passages in the bible is the first paragraph of 1 John.  AsThe Beloved Disciple you read it you feel as if you are sitting there with John as he tells you about a good friend–a man he spent three years of his life with. He also wants you to know he’s is not just a man. His good friend is also the eternal son of God.  There is an authenticity to his words:

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—this we 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, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4, NIV

John makes it immediately clear that he was an eyewitness to Jesus’ ministry.  “That… which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched…”. You can’t put it more strongly. He’s saying: Listen, I was there. I heard this man. I saw him. I touched him. I testify to it.

But, he’s not just talking about the time spent with Jesus in the midst of his earthly ministry. It would be no news to say you heard and saw and touched a mere man. He also speaks of the time he spent with Jesus after his resurrection.  His good friend was tortured and killed. His hope that Jesus was the promised Messiah was crushed on that cross with him.

But, his hope was restored when he saw him again. Jesus was just as real to John in the forty days he spent with his disciples after his resurrection as he was during the years prior. John now proclaims with certainty that Jesus was with the Father from the beginning of time–that He is the Word of Life–the eternal Word of God.

John finishes the introduction to his first epistle letting us know why he is writing–and wouldn’t you feel the same way. He wants so badly for you to experience the joy he and his fellow disciples do, and to share in the fellowship they have with the creator of the universe.

What’s one of your favorite passage of the Bible, and why?

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4 Responses to “A Love Letter from the Beloved Deciple”

  • Comment from Due Respect

    Nice Rick.

    I can’t explain why this particular passage speaks to me, but I absolutely love the parable about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:

    He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 18:9-14

    • Comment from Rick Yuzzi

      I like that one, too. It really gets to the heart of how holy God is, and what he looks for from us, which is a humble and contrite heart. To Him, all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. To think we’re better than others because of our good works, or because there is a particular sin or sins that we don’t happen to commit is kind of comical considering how far we all are from God’s perfect righteousness without Jesus.

      • Comment from Due Respect

        I think that’s a good point. We certainly can’t get into heaven based on the merit system. However, I don’t mean to dismiss the good works of Christians since, of course, “You shall know them by their fruits.” Good works, I suspect, are a natural outgrowth of Christian faith. But the admonishment in Luke against righteousness and regarding others with contempt, regardless of the reason, is what stands out for me.