Wednesday: 27th December, 2018
Reference text: 1 John 1:1-4
1 John 1:1 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, of the Word of life;
One tells what their senses perceived during the giving of testimony in a court of law. Consequently, there are many kinds of witnesses presented in court, amongst them: those who only heard an incident, those who saw, others who both saw and heard or even those who were actually involved. Witness accounts therefore, can make or break a case in a law Court, especially if any loophole is identified in the witness’ statement during cross examination.
Lawyers thus attempt to push witnesses often to the point of admitting even the slightest blip or uncertainty in their words, and that gives them reason to dispute any truth in their entire statement. So the letter from John presents the ideal witnesses: ‘those who saw, heard and touched’ – witnesses who used their main senses to perceive the message they now proclaimed.
We ought to also become ideal witnesses: those whose words become indisputable once spoken forth. Like Stephen, witnesses whose testimony render arguments futile. But that status does not just happen- we need to have seen, have heard and touched the Word. We need to have a first hand experience of that reality, so our witnessing has a firm ground on which it stands.
We really do need to get to the point where our introductory statement follows along the lines of John ‘what we have seen, what we have heard, what we have touched – that we proclaim to you’. But if we actually look back, how much have we seen? How much have we heard? What has been our experience? Today maybe the starting point, the moment we make the decision to up our game and to become perfect witnesses. Sweetheart, our journey starts now.