“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:1-4 (KJV)
“…From the beginning…” is certainly a reference to the eternality of the Christ. If He is eternal then He is Deity – He is God – and worthy of worship.
“We”, John says, “have heard and seen the eternal One.” How could it be possible for the finite to behold the infinite; for the sinner to hear and hold the sinless? How can flesh hear, see, and hold the Spirit? There is only one way. That is for the Spirit to become flesh. God became flesh (John 1:1, 14). Good is Spirit (John 4:24). “…The Word was made flesh…” – the very character of God became man. God revealed Himself to us. if we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father (John 14:9).
Jesus then, is the revelation of God to man. He is God manifested to us. What God did in His Son Jesus was not secretive, but was done openly for the world to see. His birth was proclaimed by angels to shepherds; was revealed by a “star” leading the “Magi” to follow where the Child would be found. The works Jesus did loudly proclaim He is who He claimed to be. His death was no secret. The Roman government was deeply involved. One Roman soldier proclaimed while watching Him die, “Truly this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39). It must have been in the way He died. There was no spite, but forgiveness in Him as He hung there on that cross. He showed care for those around Him; He assured a thief of his place in paradise; He made sure His mother would be cared for. Only the loving God incarnate could keep His mind and do these glorious things while so near to death.
Is it important to truly believe these things about Jesus? YES! We know Him by believing these things and we believe Him because we know these things, because He has been revealed to us.
There is no fellowship with the holy, righteous, just God and Father except through Jesus His Son. The only way brothers and sisters in Christ can fellowship is through our fellowship with Jesus and the Father.
In order to bring others into the fellowship, we must declare what we have seen and heard. We must declare our own personal experience of faith in Christ.
The joy of a Christian is far beyond happiness the world often endorses. Happiness is fleeting. It can be here today and gone tomorrow. Our joy is based on our fellowship with God, and circumstances cannot control it. There is no possible way for one to have Joy apart from faith in God through His Son Jesus Christ, and fellowship with Him.