“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.”                     1 John 1:1 ESV


Jesus Christ is validated by His life and miracles. The addition of the phrase, “with our eyes”, shows that John is not talking about a mystical “vision” of Christ, but of actually watching Jesus as He lived with them. The apostles saw Jesus turn the water into wine, feed the 5,000, walk on water, heal the multitudes, and raise the dead. The 35 miracles recorded in the four Gospels are only a fraction of those that the apostles witnessed. John ends his Gospel by stating that if all the things that Jesus did were written in detail, the whole world couldn’t contain the books. Jesus’ sinless life and the powerful miracles He performed validate that He is the unique Son of God. Jesus Christ is validated by the glory of His person. “Which we looked upon.” This is not just a repetition of “which we have seen with our eyes”, but it is a step further. The Greek verb means, “careful and deliberate vision which interprets its object” (G. Abbott-Smith, A Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament [Scribner’s], p. 203). We derive our English word “theatre” from it. It is the word that John uses in his Gospel, “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John was especially referring to his experience on the Mount of Transfiguration when he and Peter and James saw Jesus’ glory unveiled. May our encounter with Jesus touch the lives of others.



As John encountered You, Jesus, and You changed him, let it be for us too.



As John experienced You, Lord, on the Mount of Transfiguration, and he was a changed man, may our encounter with You touch the lives of others. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Genesis 45:1-15



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