History

The Word of Life

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…” (1 John 1:1-3 ESV)

In a world full of competing world views, philosophies, and religions, Christianity is sometimes lumped together as just one more point of view set forth in a world full of ideas. Even Christians sometimes fall into this trap. We walk around touting the superiority of our religion like we’re sports fans who follow the winning team. I think we sometimes forget though, the Bible isn’t simply a book touting a particular way in which to see the world…though I suppose this is part of it. The Bible isn’t simply a book that poses one more theory of how the world works best…though this too is part of it.

The Bible isn’t simply a book of ideas about the world around us…The Bible is a book about a person. The Apostle John makes that clear in the first 3 verses his first epistle. The Apostle John goes out of his way to explain that he saw Jesus with his eyes, he heard Jesus with his ears, he touched Jesus with his hands.

John wasn’t just putting forth ideas and philosophies…John was talking about a real person at a real place and time who accomplished a real salvation for a really sinful people. John wasn’t arguing logic…John was talking about life. Life made manifest amongst us in the person of Jesus Christ. God who took on human flesh, who lived and walked amongst us…

The Bible isn’t some abstract book of principles. The Bible is a a history book about a historical person. The Bible is a book about Jesus. The Bible is a book about life.

Those of us today who find ourselves talking about the Bible, and proclaiming the beauties of Christ can’t say as John did that we’ve physically seen Christ or touched Him. But we can testify to the very real life that he’s given us. We mustn’t fall into the trap of simply arguing ideas and logic. We’ve never beheld the incarnation of Christ with our eyes, but through the testimony of the Scriptures and the miraculous work of the Spirit, the life of Jesus is manifested in us…and in a very real way Jesus is incarnated in our lives. Through us, the body of Christ, the life of Jesus is given flesh and blood to do his work and proclaim his Gospel…

To be continued…