We come to KNOW, to learn about, to believe something or someone because someone has told us, taught us or testified to us about that something or someone.
OR we come to KNOW, to learn about, to believe something or someone because we have had direct experience with that something or someone for ourselves.
John, the Apostle, really knew Jesus. And John tells us all about Jesus! John knew the flesh-and-blood man Jesus. John knew Jesus the Risen Lord. And John knew that Jesus was One with the Eternal God–One as the Living Word–One as the Son with the Father and the Spirit.
And John wanted everyone he knew to KNOW Jesus–and KNOW the Life and KNOW the Joy that Jesus is and Jesus offers: Eternal Life with Him!
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.
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.
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard,
so that you may also have fellowship with us.
And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
We write this to make our joy complete. 1 John 1:1-4
John had such joy in knowing Jesus, but his passionate heart would not be completely full of joy until others also knew–and believed–that Jesus is the Eternal God–the Eternal Life–the Living Word.
For John: Knowing Jesus is Knowing Life and Knowing Joy!
Although we cannot physically see, hear and touch Jesus as John did, we can KNOW–fully know–the truth of who Jesus is. He is the Living, Eternal Word of God–present with us now and for all eternity.
We can experience–we can KNOW–Jesus for ourselves in a deep and life-changing, eternal-life-giving, very real way as we see, hear and touch the testimony Jesus gives to us through His Living, Eternal Word and through His Living, Eternal Spirit.
The Apostle John tells us that his joy will be complete when we know Jesus as the Life. But! I can assure you that knowing Jesus–really knowing Jesus for who He is for yourself–will bring more joy–deeper, higher, truer joy–to you than you can possibly imagine!
If you know Jesus already as the Living Word of God and as the Eternal Life offered to you–Give Thanks!
EnJoy the sweet, loving fellowship Jesus offers. Get to know Jesus a little better. Fall in love a little deeper with Jesus!
And share with others the Joy you know in knowing the Life–in knowing Jesus–so that your Joy and their Joy may be complete!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane