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We Saw It

We Saw It

21 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 48-49; Psalm 67; 1 John 1

Scripture:

1 From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. 2 The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. 3 We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:1-3 MSG)

John’s insights into the deity of Christ come from revelation he received by God’s Holy Spirit. But John’s real authority comes from the reality of Christ that he experienced. John was able to say, “I not only heard about Jesus and his miracles, I was there! I saw the miracles with my own eyes and even participated in the miracle of feeding the 5000 with a few biscuits and sardines!” He could say, “I didn’t only hear of Jesus’ love and compassion for the suffering and lonely and lost, I saw the tears in his eyes and heard the break in his voice as he called them to himself!” He could say, “I know Jesus loves me because he hugged me and told me so. And as he was dying, he asked me to take care of his Mom!”

When our family is going through a faith-challenging hard time, we remind each other of the God-things we have seen and heard and experienced in our life together. We talk about the times God has protected us in dangerous situations in Jamaica and Africa. We talk about experiences of God’s specific, miraculous provision when we had no other option. We have learned that the best thing we can do to prepare our minds and hearts to pray prayers of faith and our mouths to speak in faith language is to remind ourselves of what we have actually seen, heard, and touched.

We mustn’t shy away from or try to avoid the challenges of the life of faith, because experiencing the reality of Christ present with us in those challenges is the very best preparation for overcoming the next set of challenges and weathering the next storm!

Prayer:

Father as we face the challenges and weather the storms of life, help us remember clearly and tell truly what we have seen and heard. Remind us of the God-things we have experienced so we can hold our heads up and look forward with words of faith on our lips and hopeful expectations in our hearts. Amen.

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