We include you in this conversation; you are the immediate audience of the logic of God! This is the word that always was; we saw him incarnate and witnessed his language as defining our lives. In the incarnation Jesus includes mankind in the eternal friendship of the Father and the son! This life now finds expression in an unreserved union. s
1 John 1:3-4 Mirror
Experiences and stories are valuable for relating the overarching story of God’s grace in our lives to those we come in contact with.
The people that John is writing this letter to never met Jesus. They weren’t there with John. But John is able to recount his stories and experiences to them to enforce and enhance the message he is telling them.
He’s using his direct encounters for the sake of the young church.
“I know you weren’t with Him, but let me tell you about Him and what He said while I was.”
What we have today is based on their experiences and builds ours up.
Can we rely explicitly on our experiences? I would tend to say no at this point. We should take our experiences and look at what the people who were with Jesus and had a direct relationship with Him, to see how they line up.
Your stories and encounters can greatly help others that you come into contact with. So don’t be shy about telling them!