1 John 1:1
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.
Last week we were thinking about caring for God’s creation. Sunday’s passage provides a link from there to our new series looking at what it means to be part of God’s family. Like all good books, 1 John begins with ‘In the beginning…’ just as Genesis 1 does where God speaks the world into being. John refers back to this by mentioning the ‘Word of life’. But there’s a strange twist here. The spoken word seems to have become something tangible, and more than that, John claims that they have seen, heard and touched this ancient word from the beginning of time. How can all this be? How does this make sense? We know that this is Jesus, the world was made through him, and he took on flesh and stepped into it, into our lives. Let’s not let our familiarity strip this story of the wonder and unexpected.
How can it be that you, the creator, would want to know us, the created?!