Testify

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… 1 John 1:1

Please read and/or listen to 1 John 1:1-4 today. The false teachers and heretics are teaching false doctrine based upon what they have imagined or what they say they have learned from a higher spiritual source of some kind. John asserts that he, along with the other disciples have firsthand knowledge of who Jesus is. They have seen him, touched him, heard him speak, and have beheld (looked upon) him. This is not casual knowledge, this is intimate knowledge that is indisputable. That is how John is presenting it. From all we know, John is the last of the disciples to be alive. He is the one who can speak with this authority. He had heard what Jesus had said. He had actually touched Jesus. He knew that Jesus had a real body—that he really was a man at the same time he was God. He had beheld him—closely looked upon—watched intently. Yes, he had seen him, but he had also intently beheld him. He knew what he knew. There was no other truth. It was not that Jesus seemed to have a body. He was fully man. How does it impact you to read John, as he makes it clear that he knew Jesus in this way?