That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
What an amazing prologue - to think that the author heard with his own ears, saw with his own eyes, and touched with his own hands "the Word made flesh". Although powerful in and of itself, this statement would have been a direct attack on false teachers of the day trying to persuade believers that Jesus was not truly human but perhaps had been an angel or some other illusion. And how powerful for us today to know that such eyewitnesses of both the humanity and divinity of Jesus existed! John witnessed Jesus' ministry "from the beginning" and possessed intimate knowledge of the truth of Jesus' life and teaching.