1 John 1:1 (NKJV)
Several years ago, there was a commercial about the upcoming World Cup. People were seen using a soccer ball and then passing it to other people. These people kicked the ball with their feet, they bounced it off of their knees and their head, and sometimes did little tricks with the ball, it was amazing to watch. If you saw that ad you may have been like me and wondered how those people could use the ball so well. The answer is that they could do those things because they had spent so much time with it.
In 1 John 1:1, John wrote about "the Word of life". Most people agree that John is referring to Jesus, the living Word of God, and this could also apply to the message of the Word of life, the Gospel. John did not just state a fact about something that has been around since the beginning, or even that he had just heard about it. John says that he saw it, and looked upon it, and handled it. Not only did he hear about it, but he did something with it. Not only did John see it, but he spent time looking at it.
John is telling us about something that he had a personal experience with. Too often people have a merely casual relationship to God and His Word, but we need to be like John and have a deep relationship. This takes time to develop, and we can only develop in it by spending time with the living and written Word of God. John had an intimate, personal experience with Jesus the living Word as well as with God's written Word, and that is what we should have too.