As each night comes to a close, before I turn out the bedroom lamp, I do a little reading. At the moment, I am reading a book that is a collection of remembrances of those who were living the day Japan attacked the United State at Pearl Harbor. Without exception each letter (remembrance) states clearly the memory impact made and that it will not be forgotten. I am able to relate to a similar experience (as you are no doubt). On September 11, 2001 I was in the office working when over the internet a brother from Canada contacted me via electronic mail, asking if I heard about what just occurred (this was not a standard email contact, but something different). At the time, I was unaware what occurred, but after being made aware, I was “glued” to news.
Impacts like that have a way of never leaving the mind. Remarkably, it not only does not leave the mind, but the details of what one was doing at the time stay remarkably accurate in recall. This is what we have in 1 John 1:1-4, only on this occasion, the memory recall was a matter of years in experience, and not a single day from a distance.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life–the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us–that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full (1 John 1:1-4, NKJV)
When you obeyed the gospel of Jesus, do you remember that grand occasion? I mean, do you really remember exactly how it unfolded, what you did, how you felt about it? If you do, then you have a sense of what the apostle John remembers when he wrote what he did. This, too, should be an impactful memory. It was for me.
John was there when Jesus walked on the water; how could that not impact his memory? John was there when Jesus was transfigured, and he heard Peter speak to the Lord about who was present. John was there when thousands were fed with but just a little food. John was present when the winds and the sea obeyed the will of the Lord. John was there when Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden. John was there when Jesus called to him from the piece of timber He was hanging on to care for His (Jesus’) mother. John was there when he saw the Lord’s tomb empty; he was there when he saw the Lord very much alive after having been killed, buried and resurrected.
Imagine the impact all this had on him.
If you were to see all that, what impact would that have on you? It changed John’s life, and it should change ours also. It will, if we hear what John said. RT