and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us--1 John 1:2(NASB)
The apostle John was one of Christ's chosen disciples who walked with the Lord Jesus from the very beginning of His earthly ministry. John was among those who heard the Baptist proclaim: REPENT, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.. and who declared: BEHOLD! the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. John was eye-witness to the lovely life of Jesus Christ the righteous - and he saw and testified to the truth, that in Him was everlasting life and love and light and hope.
The apostle John was one of those that was closest to Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. He was one who was chosen by God to lay the doctrinal foundation of the gospel of Christ and to reveal the Son of God - manifest in the flesh. He was one whose entire life was dedicated to presenting the Person and Work of Jesus - the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world.. for John knew that Jesus is the only Way to God, the only Truth that stands fast for ever and ever, the only Life that is eternal and abundant and the only Light of the world, in Whom is no darkness at all.
John was a man who knew the deep love that the Lord Jesus had for the children of men and who himself enjoyed sweet fellowship with Him - for three precious years. He longed that others would know and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that by believing in Him, we may have life in His name. Yes, John desired that others would also engage in the same close communion with Jesus that he himself enjoyed - both during Christ's ministry on earth and during His current session.. where He is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high.. in heavenly glory..
John was there at the cross when the Lord Jesus cried: Father forgive them for they know not what they do. He was there when Christ shouted, “It is finished!' and he was one who witnessed the empty tomb - The apostle John was also among those present when the resurrected Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples in the upper room and proclaimed: it is I be not afraid.
John had experienced wonderful fellowship and sweet communion with his Lord and he wanted all who trust in Christ for salvation to know the beautiful Person of Jesus and to experience the same sweet fellowship that he enjoyed - for John had seen Him with his own eyes, he had touched Him with his own hands and the focus his entire life had been to bear witness to the Word of Life Who was manifested to him.. as 'the Word made flesh'.
The joy of the Lord that John experienced and the fellowship with the Father that he enjoyed was not a secret to be kept hidden or a privilege that is restricted to the chosen few. Close communion with our Saviour and sweep fellowship with the Father is the right of all who have trusted Christ for Salvation by faith -and we thank God for the witness and testimony of John.. and Christ's other holy apostles and prophets who testified to truth and proclaimed the glorious gospel of Christ - Who is the only Way to God, the only Truth that stands fast for ever and ever, the only Life that is eternal and abundant and the only Light of the world, in Whom is no darkness at all.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the witness and testimony of Your holy apostles and prophets who were faithful to the truth that they received and through whom we have come to a saving knowledge that Christ is the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world - in Whom I have received the forgiveness of sin and everlasting life. Thank You that I too may enjoy sweet fellowship with You - this I pray in Jesus name, AMEN
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