Each Friday my writing stems from a word prompt. Five minutes, one word prompt. The prompt this week is … Touch.
We all love stories. Growing up, fairy tales were my favorite stories to read, over and over again.
The very first words – “Once upon a time” – opened up a world of possibilities, a land of dreaming and imagining.
This may be the reason John’s words strike me so powerfully:
“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)
They knew Him intimately. They had walked with Jesus, eaten many a meal together, and seen all He had done for the people.
John knew people would doubt in the days and years ahead. He wanted to be certain it was in a written record that this Jesus had come in human form, had done all they said He had done, had died on the Cross, and indeed, had risen from the dead.
They had seen Him with their own eyes, they had heard His words with their own ears, and they had touched Him.
John was a first hand eyewitness. They had not only touched Him but they had been touched by Him. Their lives had been turned upside down, never to be the same again.
And once touched by Jesus,
our lives will also never be the same again.