that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)
Fellowship is an important aspect of Christianity.
People need friendship and fellowship, the church as a community of believers we need that too.
Good fellowship can leads to good things.
The church as a community of believers gathered together, our fellowship is not just among ourselves but with Jesus and our Father in heaven.
John proclaimed that his fellowship is “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.
This was the same apostle who witnessed the ascension of Christ. So how does John affirm that his fellowship is “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”?
John made references to what he had “seen and heard”.
So what did he saw? How Jesus lived.
And what did he heard? What Jesus said, and preached about.
It was something John saw in Jesus and heard from Jesus, and John followed through and he was sure his fellowship is “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.
How did that happen?
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)
Between Jesus and the 12 apostles, their apprenticeship was about 3 years. From start till the time Jesus was crucified – they walked with Jesus side by side and they witnessed how Jesus lived and talk among them.
They were impressed by the way Jesus prayed, and they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.
They were impressed how Jesus relates to the Father in heaven, they saw that unity between man and God.
They were impressed with what Jesus preached; they knew Jesus had something way better than the scribe and Pharisees
They were impressed by Jesus’ wisdom and faith in the Father; they saw how Jesus welcomed little children and how we can learn to trust God.
They were impressed by Jesus’ power and authority; they saw how Jesus overturned the tables of money changers at the temple.
What John saw and heard of Jesus left within him very deep impression about how Jesus relates to God as His Father in heaven.
As the disciples continued their apprenticeship with Jesus, it took them a while to understand those miracles Jesus did. It was not for “shows” but for deeper meaning and purposes.
James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven but were told to check their intentions.
They saw how Jesus multiplied bread for the hungry masses. It took them a while to understand what Jesus meant when He warn them to be careful of the leavens of the scribe and the Pharisees. They thought they had not enough bread.
It took them a while to figure what Jesus meant “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” People walked away from Jesus but the apostles stayed.
They saw how Jesus walked on water and Peter did that too. It took them a while to settle their thoughts as they questioned among themselves “who is this man?”
Among them no one has seen God in person. It took them a while to understand what Jesus meant when He said “if you have seen me you seen the Father”.
It was a common thing to wash people’s feet, but why did Jesus had to do it for them? They saw how Jesus washed their feet.
Then came the night Jesus was betrayed, the disciples were scattered.
Jesus was crucified in public, in the witness of the disciples. The man they had such wonderful fellowship, died on the cross.
Everything went into silence, the usual conversation they had faded. Peter went fishing, John went with him.
But when they were informed Jesus is alive again, their silences begin to crack and their fellowship returned.
They learn the truth how Jesus overcame sin and death.
They understood in reality how Jesus broke that power of sin and death which separates man and God in eternity.
They saw “how to” enter the kingdom of God by following Jesus.
They witness what great treasure awaits us within the kingdom of God, our eternal fellowship with Jesus and our heavenly Father.
They remembered Jesus said “I am the door”.
They remembered Jesus said “I am the good shepherd”.
They remembered what Jesus said about fellowship –
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23)
They awaken to the truth what it means to walk with Jesus.
They awaken to reality what it means to have fellowship with Jesus.
They know this fellowship “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” cannot be taken for granted.
We fellowship with whom we love.
Our love for Jesus will bring us into agreement with Him.
Our love for Jesus will grant us the desire to obey Him.
Our love for Jesus will inspire us to seek after that fellowship time with Him.
John saw how Jesus loved the Father.
John saw how Jesus walked in holiness because He loved the Father.
John saw how Jesus preached righteousness because He loved the Father.
John saw how Jesus loved people because He loved the Father.
John saw what Jesus did because He loved the Father.
John saw that Jesus was in full fellowship with the Father all the while.
John knew that our love for the Father and His Son Jesus is our guarantee that our fellowship is “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.
John disclosed to us in plain truth the difference between love and hate. When we fellowship in the grace and love of Jesus, we are walking in the love of God.
John disclosed to us the difference between light and darkness. When we are walking in the truth of God’s word, we have fellowship in the light.
We fellowship with whom we love, what we love.
What John had seen in Jesus, we’ve seen it as well.
What John had heard from Jesus, we’ve heard as well.
We can be in that position when we can say our fellowship is “with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”.
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