I am someone who is online a lot and I have a Facebook, a twitter, and a Instagram account. When I see something that I find interesting and really like, I even share it so everyone in my network can see it. Some of the most popular things shared on my news feed is cat videos, recipes for delicious food, and pictures of their children or grandchildren.
It’s not just online that we share stuff we like. We like to share the joys of life and celebrate with other people. Things such as graduations, weddings, and other milestones in our lives. Then there are crises periods in our lives such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, or being diagnosed with a disease that we need to share with people so we can have comfort and healing. It also brings us joy but, not in the happy go lucky kind of way. It brings us joy in knowing that we don’t have to go through this alone and can do life together with other people.
What does God have to say about this? Let’s find that out together. Turn with me to 1 John 1:1-4.
“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. 2 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.3 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. 4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.”(NIV).
The epistle of 1 John was written to a church who faced a mass exodus of people leaving there congregation. They even tried to entice others to leave with them. With this division of community also came a confusion of the faith. In Johns letter’s we see what the false teachers denied. They didn’t believe Jesus was the Christ(1 John 2:22), they didn’t believe Christ had come in the flesh(1 John 4:2), they didn’t believe what Jesus said was to be true(Gaebelein 297). They refused to see salvation was found through the work of Christ and refused to see their own sinfulness(1 John 2:4; 2:2). There was a real danger here in threatening the basics and fundamentals of Christianity
THAT WHICH WAS FROM THE BEGINNING
The first phrase “that which was from the beginning” refers to the Word of Life, Jesus Christ who was present at the creation of the world. It parallels with the first words of the gospel of John when it says..” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God”. We see this community of God within Himself called the trinity of the father, son, and Holy Spirit. We see it also in Genesis when it says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters”. Of course, needless to say, God has no beginning or end because he is the alpha and omega. He is the beginning and end. No one created God. He simply exists because He is the great I am. The book of Genesis also tells us that we are created in God’s image. When most people hear being created in God’s image we tend to think of it only in terms of us being individually made in God’s image. But, what I think is that God has created his church to corporately be made in His image.
Now artists, when they want to copy something they spends hours upon hours studying what they want to draw so they can perfect a masterpiece. That is the same way with our maker. He finely crafted us and thought of us way before we were formed in our mother’s womb. As a potter, God formed and molded us into exactly who He wanted us to be both physically with our bodies and everything else with our personality.
Now We can’t change the past but we can begin today and have a new ending. That’s what precisely I think the disciples started to think when they encountered the Word of Life, Jesus Christ.
Now John and the other original disciples actually heard, seen, looked, and touched Jesus who is the Word of Life.
In Matthew 7:28-29 in describes the Words of Jesus after a sermon as being perceived by the crowd as….”And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”. So what was so different about His words and teachings?
They seen His miracles. The gospels record 37 miracles Jesus performed and he did many more even so much if they were recorded not even all the books in the world would have room for them to be written in! They experienced Jesus turning water into wine, Jesus casting out evil spirits, Jesus healing Peter’s mother in law, Jesus healing a man of leprosy, Jesus calming a storm, Jesus feeding 5000 and many many more miracles
John was writing to a Church that had a mass exodus. As many left the church because of their they didn’t believe the gospel that John preached. It was a church that was experiencing pain, anger, and grief. All of them that were left shared one thing in common and that was the gospel of Jesus Christ. They believed in the Word of Life. They shared in the fellowship with each other and with Jesus and the father. They shared with each other times of struggle and despair. They cried together, they laughed together, and they loved together. Their fellowship didn’t consist of meals and shallow conversation but, it consisted of them moving together as a body of Christ toward the will of God.
There are people outside of our fellowship who don’t know Jesus and the love of the father. We have also heard the gospel, seen lives changed, and been touched by God. We need to remember that this is a fellowship, not a social club, that the church isn’t a museum for saints but, it’s a hospital for sinners. It’s not a place to be divided by cliqs but, a body united in Christ.
We have been given spiritual life by Jesus and the father. He has imparted his life into us. We have been born as a new creation. Since our beginning of being made in God’s image and it’s our responsibility as Christians to share the Word of life with others who are dying. We do this by being Christ to others. Being imitators of Him by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the imprisoned, healing the sick, raising the dead, loving the unlovable, being a father to the fatherless, being hope dealers to the drug dealers.When Jesus life is manifested in us, that’s when he can work through us. JESUS is A LIFE WORTH SHARING because He thought we we’re worth dying for.