1 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—
2 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—
3 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.
4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

John recounted what he and the other disciples had seen and heard in hopes of bringing listeners into a saving fellowship—a common bond and a common life—with God. In his words, we see a snapshot of the gospel.

John proclaimed the good news of Jesus to the recipients of this letter. He wanted his readers to experience true fellowship with God and with God’s people. John shared these things with those to whom He wrote, not by way of second hand account, but as one who was an eyewitness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

The truth about Jesus was the most important message for those to whom John wrote. This is no less true for us today. Though we are tempted at every turn to move on from the truth of the gospel, we should hold fast to that which “was from the beginning.” Seek today to return to the truth of the gospel and live in response to the finished work of Jesus.

• How have you been tempted to move on from the truth of the gospel? How do you need to refocus on the truth that has saved you?

• How does a greater focus on the truth of the gospel lead to greater fellowship in the church? How does this enable us to show greater grace to those in the church?

• Pray that God would reveal the ways you have moved away from a focus on the gospel. Ask Him to show you what needs to change to draw near to Him.