Joy

“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life– and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us– what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.” (NAU 1 John 1:1-4)

Christ was from the beginning and he is the Word of Life. The surrounding witnesses of that time touched him, seen with their own eyes, and the things that they heard about him were still ringing in their ears. The reality of the resurrection was undeniable. Jesus’ life and resurrection was clearly seen, and because of the resurrection, the way to receive eternal life was clearly made known. (“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” John 14:6). An opportunity for a relationship with God the Father has been made because of the resurrection of Christ.

John wanted his readers to experience joy. What is joy? Sometimes we confuse joy with happiness. Happiness changes as your outward circumstances change. Joy is an inner peace that is with you no matter what your outward circumstances might be. Your joy must be founded in God. It is looking to our present fellowship and future eternal life with Jesus Christ. John was really expressing his heart by wanting his readers to experience this joy. This was written so your joy (delight) may be made full.