“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life” (1 John 1:1, NLT).
As soon as we’re born, we begin learning about the world through the senses: first by taste then by touch. Everything we get our fingers on goes in our mouths, whether clean, dirty, harmful or tasty. As we grow, we stop putting most things in our mouths, but we still can’t resist touching. We want to pick up and hold items before we buy them, often to test them and make sure they are genuine or of good quality.
From the beginning of time, humans have wanted to see, hear and touch God. It’s just hard to believe in what we can’t explore with our senses. As a result some reject him, some mistrust him and many walk a line between faith and unbelief. When Jesus came to earth as a human being, he gave those around him the opportunity to experience God up close and personal. They heard his words, saw his miracles, watched him die and were amazed to see his resurrected body as he talked, walked and ate with them. We weren’t there and can’t touch him today, but we can believe the eye-witness accounts—he is genuine, the real thing, the Truth, the Word of life.