No more take the parting hand

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life–the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us–that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (Reference: 1 John 1:1-4)

(Today’s Sip of Scripture verse omits v. 1, but I include it above).

Look at all the words of evidence used in this passage: we have heard, we have seen, with our own eyes, we looked upon, we touched with our own hands, we have seen it, made manifest to us, we have seen, we have heard.

Look at all the word of what is being witnessed to: that which was from the beginning, the word of life, the life, the eternal life, that which was with the Father, fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

The author speaks of great things that he has witnessed in the community of other witnesses. It is no wonder he speaks with such urgency and conviction, and desires to share the community–and, remember, he communes not only with other people, but the Father and his Son Jesus Christ–with his readers.

It’s a nice thought that even now the author of 1 John’s joy is becoming more complete as people continue to read and believe his words. Although I imagine his fellowship with the Father and the Son is much more palpable that it was while he was on earth!

Oh glorious day! Oh blessed hope!
My soul leaps forward at the thought
When, on that happy, happy land,
We’ll no more take the parting hand.
But with our blessed holy Lord
We’ll shout and sing with one accord,
And there we’ll all with Jesus dwell,
So, loving Christians, fare you well.

John Blain

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