Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 1:1-4

What a way to start a letter! The author does not address his readers; he doesn’t greet them; and he doesn’t identify himself. He doesn’t bother to sign it either. The church rightfully attributes this letter to John, disciple of Jesus, but John is not mentioned in the text.

Why does he skip the usual introductions and jump into his message? Because he is excited! Excited to counteract the false teachers who were invading the early Christian congregations and saying that Jesus was spirit and only seemed to have a human body.

In contrast, says John, we saw Him with our eyes and our hands have touched Him. His hand grasped a drowning Peter. His hands touched and blessed children. At the Last Supper His hands and arms had embraced John himself. And to the skeptical Thomas Jesus had said, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side” (John 20:27). “The hands of Christ seem very frail for they were broken by a nail. But only they reach heaven at last whom those frail hands hold fast.” (Anonymous)

How excited are you about Jesus Christ? Excited enough to trust in Him alone for salvation? Excited enough to share Him with someone else?


Jesus, You are all the world to me: my life, my joy, my all. You are my strength from day to day, without You I would fall. (From Will L. Thompson)