In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1.1-5
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. I John 1.1-3
John nearly opened his gospel and epistle in the same way, representing Christ in a similar fashion.
- In the beginning was the Word… That which was from the beginning
- Light of men… God is light
What we do know, John was very emphatic about proving that Jesus had two natures. He was also very emphatic about his eyewitness account of the works of Christ. John was chosen as a disciple early in Christ’s ministry and he was the only disciple to witness Christ’s death. As the beloved disciple, John spent many hours, days, weeks, and years in the presence of the Savior. He spoke with Jesus, he heard Him. He leaned on Jesus chest and embraced him as a friend, and a brother. At the transfiguration he was a witness to the glory of Christ. John spent time with Jesus, post resurrection. He watched Christ as He ascended into heaven, and he witnessed Christ’s glory in a vision.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20.31
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. I John 5.11-13
John wrote so that others would believe on Christ. He wanted others to experience the joy and fellowship. It is true that we enjoy our friends and family, our fellowship brings joy. Imagine real fellowship with the one who personifies love, light, life, and joy. Now imagine relating to others, and togetherness with others who experience fellowship with God. Such fellowship seems altogether beautiful, what prevents it?