Testimonials can be very appealing. Displaying a picture of the hero who wrote the testimonial can add even more appeal. When the hero in the aforementioned issues a “call to action” along with his testimonial you have a very good marketing piece. I suppose that our current generation clings very tightly to these principles. Social media in the time of the Apostles was a fast runner with a piece of papyrus or parchment under is arm. Consider this.
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of Life – for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us – what we have seen and heard we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; for our fellowship is with the Father and with the Son, Jesus Christ We are writing this so that our joy may be complete” (1:1-4).
In some ways you might say that the Apostle John is speaking for all the apostles. The tradition of our apostolic faith is rooted in the truth that it came to us from the men who walked, ate, touched and prayed with God incarnate. Twenty-one centuries later an entrepreneur, Sara Blakely, waxes on about “Embrace what you don’t know, especially in the beginning, because what you don’t know can become your greatest asset. It ensures that you will be doing things absolutely differently from everybody else.” The point is taken because in a fully pagan world, these apostles had their hands full, there was nothing of the tools we have today to share and advance their message – but they did!
This remarkable story of men living in a darkened world ruled by stone and wooden images sharing the message that God is light (1:5). They would all die preaching this message: “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin” (1:7). Long after their bones had turned to dust, their spirits have seemed to never die; is there a greater testimonial of the church today?
The words of these men, inspired by testimony of the holy Spirit remind us to “Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you” (2:24). And, we should do well always to remember this promise: And this is the promise that he made us; eternal life” (2:25). There is no fear in love! Ain’t it so!