That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 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. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 1 John 1:1-4
In this passage, the opening to one of his letters, the Apostle John stress that Jesus, the Son of God who is equal with God, came to earth in a real, physical form. Here, John claims that he and others saw Jesus first hand as eye-witnesses. And why does he claim this? Because he wants his readers to have fellowship with Jesus and the Father. In the same way that he as a disciple lived with and communed with Jesus, all those who place there trust in Jesus can fellowship and commune with him. Though Jesus has ascended into heaven, he still is present with us through the Holy Spirit. I sometimes ask myself the question, “what would it have been like to have lived with Jesus when the disciples did?” John’s answer is: All Christians live with and experience Jesus.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” 34:8
God tastes good! That’s the analogy that Psalm 34 uses. Have you ever tried a new food, which you were curious about, and found the taste to be exquisite? We can experience God in much the same way. God isn’t just some abstract being up in the sky somewhere who we can pray to, but someone living whom we can experience with the senses and enjoy.
But I must admit that currently, I have been feeling dry and empty in a spiritual sense. I still believe in God, still have faith, but there is little passion behind that faith. When I read the Scriptures, my soul does not seem to resonate with the message the way that it once did.
However, I do not think that state of emptiness is a state to shunned. Life has peaks and troughs, and our emotions change constantly. Yet God is the same throughout. Desperation for God can drive us to him, can cause us to seek him out more. When we feel thirsty, we take a drink. So when we spiritually are thirsty, should we not drink spiritually? I’ve often found that sometimes the periods of greatest dryness are when God pours out spiritual refreshment. Sometimes, this may be an emotionally powerful moment, other times it might be a gentle and subtle confidence. And God does not guarantee that we will feel good all the time, or that we will suddenly experience deep emotion while worshipping him. But we can know that spiritually, when we take the time to consume his words, we will be refreshed.