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“But I was there.” Have you used that phrase? Or how about this one “I saw it”? We use phrases like this to emphasize our experience. Whether a moment of absolute beauty, or of terror, our senses – what we see, hear, smell and feel – impact us with power. We can tell someone about it, because we were there.
For instance, I could tell you about standing at the mouth of a volcano in the dark, my right hand atop a wooden post, leaning out to see the glow of lava deep below. About the wind, the smell and the crunch of the rock underfoot. Because I was there, I can tell you what it was like.
This is how John opens his first letter. 1 John 1:1-4 says, “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 also may 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.” (NIV)
As we read and study the message about Jesus, we can know what he was like. Because the writers were there.
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