3rd April 2017

See For Yourself!

“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.”
1 John 1:1 (NIV)

Just like the introduction to his gospel account, John is holding up Jesus for us to see and marvel at. Notice, he is not telling us a second-hand story here, but is speaking from personal experience as an eye-witness of Jesus’ earthly life, his incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension. Like his gospel account, John is proclaiming “This is God in the flesh!”

Notice the introduction to this letter again: John is telling us that both he and Jesus’ other disciples had heard him, seen him, and looked at Him. What is the difference between seeing Christ and looking upon Him? The Greek verb for ‘to see’ is Horan and simply means to see with physical sight, but the verb in this verse is Theasthai and means that this is not just a passing glance, but a steadfast searching look that seeks to discover something of the mystery and the depths of this Jesus, God made flesh.

And finally, John tells us that the disciples’ hands have touched Jesus and handled Him. This brings to mind Luke 24:39, when Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection and said, “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

But I’d like you to notice a special word that Luke uses as he begins his gospel message. In Luke 1:1 he refers to “the things that have been fulfilled among us.” Verse two continues, “just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eye-witnesses and servants of the word.” The Greek word he uses for eye-witnesses is Autoptes, from which we get our English word Autopsy and means—“Seeing with your own eyes—or seeing for yourself.” Luke is declaring that his account of the life of Jesus came from those, like John, who had indeed seen him with their own eyes, looked at him, and touched him! That gave those words in Luke’s gospel veracity. Those close to Jesus during His earthly existence, and His resurrected life and ascension, knew Jesus intimately. These words about Jesus Christ were handed down to us and are intended to guide us through our lives. If you want to learn more about the One whom the disciples saw and touched, why not join us and ‘see’ for yourself? These words were handed down to us—want to join us and see for yourself?

Prayer
Once again Father, a deep heartfelt thank you for the precious gift of Jesus; for all that he did for us and for all he is doing for us now as our great High Priest at your right hand. Help us to see him for ourselves.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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