“The One who existed from the beginning is the One we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life. This One who is life from God was shown to us, and we have seen Him. And now we testify and announce to you that He is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then He was shown to us.” 1 John 1:1-2
Personal, intimate experience with the Lord Jesus is a vital necessity. We need to “see Him with our own eyes and touch Him with our own hands”. Otherwise we will be like the seven sons of Sceva – living in defeat because we use the name of a Jesus we don’t even know. Personal relationship with Christ must be cultivated, maintained and protected. The cares of life – both the good cares and the bad cares – will always attempt to crowd Him out, but we must guard this relationship jealously. And out of the intimacy of our relationship with Him, our heart will overflow with testimonies of the Jesus we have come to know personally. How much more compelling is our witness when others perceive that we are not speaking of a dead Savior, but a living Lord and Friend. One who is able to save to the uttermost. One that we know and that knows us and that we spend abundantly satisfying time with.
“This One who is life from God” is the One we testify of. The world’s experience of dead religion keeps them from our gatherings and from our Jesus. But when we expose them to the One who is life from God, this One we have seen and touched, they will begin to see Christianity as it has forever been meant to be – full of life.