Our Biblical Chaplain said, 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. 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. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.
Now the “word of life” in this passage is Jesus Christ himself. As the gospel of John already tells us Jesus is this word, that this word was with God in the beginning, yet this word became flesh among us-what John here describes in v. 2 as “appeared to us”. The eternal Son of God–God the Son–appeared among human creatures in what Christian theology calls the Incarnation, God himself taking on human flesh. John emphasizes that both he and the other apostles were eyewitnesses to this incredible event of God entering into human history through the person of Jesus Christ. This apostolic witness is why John uses the pronoun “we” here instead of just “I.”
He uses bold verbs that describe his own experience with the Incarnation.
1. He heard it–he heard the voice of Jesus teaching with God’s own authority, he heard Jesus declare to people that their sins were forgiven, he heard the sound of leaves crunching under Jesus’ feet as they walked together, he heard the sound of the whip Jesus used to drive the money changers out of the Jewish Temple. He heard it.
2. He also saw it: Turn to John 20:3-9
· Vs.5 John – the other disciple, was younger than Peter and could run faster. so when he got to the tomb, he looked in and saw it was empty
· Vs. 6 Peter went further in the tomb and saw the linen and the burial cloth that was around his head
· Vs. 8 the other disciple (John) saw and believed – this was his testimony – Jesus is alive!
· He saw it. John had also looked at it. This word means to “stare intently at something, to study it and contemplate what it means