Eyewitness News

John Koedyker

Read: 1 John 1:1-3

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you. (v. 3)

I am astounded sometimes by all the things that show up in online videos these days. Politicians have to be very careful lest they be caught saying something they’ll later regret. Then there are the television networks that pride themselves on their ability to convey “eyewitness news” to their viewers. In addition to that, the Internet explodes daily with the frivolous and the factual events that people record with their smartphones.

When we turn our attention to the events of the Bible, however, we have no audio or video recordings to consult. We must trust the testimonies of eyewitnesses like John. This apostle, the disciple whom Jesus loved, knew Jesus very well. He was a part of the intimate inner circle of three disciples often mentioned in the Gospels: Peter, James, and John. So what he wrote here in these verses is absolutely true. He had seen Jesus up close and personal, and what he had seen he emphatically proclaimed!

In a court case it’s always important to have an eyewitness—someone who saw what happened. That’s how the truth is determined. Otherwise, it would just be hearsay or speculation. In John’s letter, and in fact all of the New Testament, we have eyewitness reports from people who actually saw Jesus and heard what he had to say. For the Christian, that determines the truth of the matter and forms the foundation of true faith. —John Koedyker

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the truthful testimony of John and others who faithfully proclaimed the good news. Amen.