“Jesus saith unto him,
I am … the life …”
My little children, I am old now. I have seen and heard much in my lifetime. But nothing compares to walking with, seeing, touching, and hearing Jesus Christ. It is him my heart yearns for you to know, and be assured he is Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died and is alive to live forevermore. He cannot die ever again and death could not keep him. For he is Life and the giver of life to all who receive his testimony.
But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me begin with –
“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 …”
The beginning. I have to shake my head and smile when I think on this for with God there is no beginning and Jesus is God the Son. Beginning is for our benefit. We are governed by time. So, in the beginning of time the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit brought their life into their created work. And through the Holy Spirit leading me in truth about Jesus the Christ, I wrote –
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
Today, I write to you, my beloved children –
“This is he that came by water and blood,
even Jesus Christ;
not by water only, but by water and blood.
And it is the Spirit that beareth witness,
because the Spirit is truth.”
Think on these things with me and be astonished. Life generated life out of nothing, breathed his breath of life into us, then after we messed up all that was good, he came as one of us – the Son of man. My friend, colleague, and brother in the Lord, Luke wrote much about Jesus, the Son of man. He, too, wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to read his account of the Son of man.
Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth born of a woman to bring his life back into those who would follow him. His journey came at a high cost. He tried to tell us, especially us 12, the cost, but we couldn’t understand. Maybe we wouldn’t let ourselves understand. Speaking for myself, I loved my Lord and couldn’t entertain the meaning behind his words as we celebrated that last Passover together. It was unlike any other.
“Jesus took the bread, and blessed it, and brake it,
and gave it to the disciples, and said,
Take, eat, this is my body.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks … saying,
Drink ye all of it;
For this is my blood of the new testament,
which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
He passed the cup to me. My heart clings to the love that filled his eyes as I received the cup from his hand – a hand to soon be pierced through with nails meant for me. At that instant I thought on his earlier teaching about drinking his blood and having eternal life. For it is also written –
“without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
Being a fisherman by trade I’m not trained in the law, but I do know enough to know a testament cannot be put into effect unless there is a death. No, I refused the thought. I couldn’t bear the pain in my spirit nor reflected in his face. Paul, my brother in the Lord, later would write –
“Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
through faith in his blood,
to declare his righteousness
for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God;”
We all left Jesus that horrible night to face his trial and judgment – wait that is not right. He faced our trial and our judgment. That is why he was found guilty and put to death. I apologize if tears stain my writing, but he did that for me. Oh, how he loved me. And he loves me still.
I like the rest, was slow in believing the women’s report 3 days later. Grief had clouded my mind. But slowly his words began to make sense, and then there he was – alive, standing before us. After spending many days with us preparing us for his departure to the Father, we watched him go. But he left us with a promise –
“Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Many years later, my resurrected Lord visited me when no one else could. His visit wasn’t for me alone, but for you who are reading today. This last word is –
“from Jesus Christ,
who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father:
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him:
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
Even so, Amen.
‘I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord,
which is, and which was, and which is to come,
You may already know all these things to be true, and you may not. But I am an old man and soon I will walk again with my Lord who loves me and whom I love. I could not leave this life without telling the story one more time.
For this I know –
“He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
These things have I written unto you
that believe on the name of the Son of God,
that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe
on the name of the Son of God.”
By the way, I hope to see you one day and tell you of all the many other things my Lord did while on the earth.
Love one another,
John the Beloved Disciple
Scripture References: John 14:6; 1John 1:1; John 1:4; Matthew 26:-28; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 3:24,25; John 14:1-3; Revelation 1:5-8; 1John 5:12,13