It’s Carols Day!
This day is always a mountain top experience for our church. Having thousands of people coming to our place to celebrate Christmas is a great buzz. In a way it is a small expression of Eternity. People of every tribe, nation and language gathered to worship Jesus – the one born that we might live.
John speaks not only of seeing and experiencing eternity, but of actually touching Eternity itself (1 John 1:1):
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.
What an incredible blessing it was for Jesus disciples to have had that very personal encounter with the Word of Life. But I wonder if our encounter with Jesus is any less significant. Like the first disciples we too can have a very real and personal relationship with Jesus – even though we can’t physically touch the body of Jesus.
I could imagine being lost in my own experience of seeing and touching Jesus first hand, but I am reminded that John doesn’t just stand star struck…
2 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. 3 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.
John proclaims Jesus to others – not to brag but to create fellowship. Whether a disciple who has seen and touched Jesus first hand, or a disciple who has only heard about Jesus the fellowship is the same. It is with Jesus and his father!
That is an incredible bond of fellowship. This is touching eternity!
May Carols tonight be a touch of eternity for our community as they hear of Jesus – the Word of Life! And may this gospel proclamation be the thing that will “make our joy complete!”