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.
1 John 1:1-4
Dear brothers and sisters, do you see the chasm between the first part of verse 1 and the second part? Within one breath John took us from the very beginning, the origin of everything, the Word of life and most high… then to the incarnated God, Jesus, who was once seen and touched by people, including the author. John was testifying the very truth that God became a man, to show us love and give us life. We have not seen or touched Jesus but as Jesus told Thomas
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”John 20:29
We are more blessed because we received Him by faith, see Him with our spiritual eye, and touched Him with our trust.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,1 Peter 1:8
John wrote the epistle to encourage the readers to have fellowship with them, the eyewitness of Jesus Christ. In doing so, they may have fellowship with God the Father and the Son. I see a picture of unity connecting one generation to another. I see a fellowship of those who have seen and touched the Lord and those who have not.
May we also build this kind of fellowship with our next generation so that they too enter into fellowship with God like we do.