2); “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John ).
Notice John mentions “seen,” “looked at,” and “appeared” five times in the first two verses.
That’s the background for John’s assertions in today’s verses.
John introduced his epistle by summarizing what he and the other apostles were all about: Christ.
Jesus invited the disciples to touch Him (Luke )--He was not afraid of concrete examination--and He ate food as the proof of His Resurrection (see April 15).
Tradition maintains that the author of the Gospel of John and the epistles bearing his name are the same person, and there’s no compelling reason to doubt this.
In fact, there are many parallels between the gospel and the epistles of John.
Today, reflect on your personal relationship with Jesus and the joy it brings you to invite others into intimate fellowship with the Word of Life, Jesus Christ. which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim.
- 1 John 1:1 TODAY IN THE WORD René Descartes was a 17th century French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician.
To them, other senses might possibly deceive a person, but the sense of touch could give sure and definite knowledge.