"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."
~ 1 John 1: 2
I think out of all the gospels, John tends to move me the most. I think it is because it begins with Jesus, the "word becoming flesh." It is significant to me because I hear him saying, "The words of scripture, our faith, and all that we believe, is standing right before us."
John also sees Jesus in intimate moments as well. When he struggles, but also, his face when the blind man opens his eyes to see for the first time, the paralytic taking his first steps, and Lazarus emerging from the dark tomb.
John is there and realizes the importance for us to know that this was the Son of God come down to dwell among us.
Sometimes I wish that there was more. What was it like to sit under the stars on a cloudless night, staring up at the cosmos, and hearing Jesus say, "And this is what was being thought as the sun was spun into creation and what that first light looked like."
We live with the knowledge of a God who is not afraid to become flesh. To enter this world as each of us do as human beings, but yet with a supernatural conception within a young Hebrew girl, who then begins to sing how she shall glorify God. Another intimate moment.
Seeing God in intimate moments allows for us to know God's ultimate desire to be present for us.
For John, God becomes real. God becomes tangible. He walks dusty roads with him, shares in meals and conversations, and rests under the shade of trees.
John tells us, "I have seen him," and "testifies," to the incarnation.
Believing in Jesus begins believing in the intimate moments of God, while recognizing the living Christ within each one of us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.