Scripture: 1 John 1:1-10
Key verse: (3) “We declare to you what we have seen and heard…”
Reflection: For the first followers of Jesus, the good news was spread by word of mouth. In scripture we read accounts of people engaging with Jesus, having a transformative experience, and then telling others. Much of scripture is a witness to these word of mouth stories being passed on until they were written down. Seeing, touching, and hearing were a large part of faith and believing that Jesus is God, that Jesus is the Messiah. Do you think it was easier for those who witnessed Jesus’ miracles firsthand to have faith? Were those who sat and heard Jesus’ teachings more likely to believe in him? Do you wonder if those touched and healed by Jesus were more deeply moved and committed to following him?
I often hear people wonder why it is that miracles happened more in the time of the Bible than they do today. Or, people may wonder why we don’t have the personal experiences with Jesus or the Holy Spirit like it happened in the Bible. Have you ever wondered this? The reality is, God’s love through Jesus by the presence of the Spirit is among us all the time! Too often we just miss God’s presence. What would our days look like if we expected to see and hear God’s presence? What would our encounters with others look like if we expected that the Holy Spirit was among us and active? How would we live with others if we anticipated that the love we experience daily is the love of Christ? We too have the opportunity to pass on stories of what we have seen and heard, what we have touched and experienced. Try this day, this week, to seek God’s presence in your daily physical reality, in what you see and touch and hear, and in those you meet. Notice grace, love, and hospitality. Name these moments as God’s presence. But don’t just stop there, but share your experiences, so like the early believers your joy may be complete!
Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for your presence throughout all time. We praise you for your love for all people. We thank you for your Spirit which moves among us. Open our lives to you in our midst and empower us to tell of your work in our world. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].