Truly Knowing Jesus
I desire to know Jesus. I know that may sound like a silly statement coming from a pastor. However, a couple of years ago I discovered that I knew the concepts, principles and theology about Jesus but He showed me that I didn’t know Him as a Person. I fear that many people are in that boat. They know about Jesus and they love Jesus. However, I fear that they don’t really know Him as a Person. As Christians its easy for us to know all the stories about Him, what He did, and how He acted. It’s another thing to really know Him as the Person He is. He isn’t a concept, a principle or an idea. He is a real living Person that desires relationship with people. Many Christians work on being better Christians thinking they are pleasing Jesus. He is looking for a relationship with people, not people becoming better Christians. I struggled with this for a long time: I worked hard on being a better Christian, but I had not worked on really getting to know the Person Jesus.
One of my favorite scriptures is in Matthew where the angel tells Joseph that His name will be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” Jesus was just that: God with us: ordinary, sinful humans. And He wasn’t ashamed or afraid to be in our midst. In fact, He rather enjoyed being with the down and out, those that society didn’t want. They got to know the person Jesus. I wish I could have been there and seen HIm in person. He is not afraid of my humanity, my mistakes and my weaknesses. Even though I allow these things at times to keep me from running to Him, He stands there beckoning for me to come to Him in all of my weakness. He bids you the same.
When you come to Him, you will not find a set of rules, or some concepts, ideas or philosophies. You will find a Person who is madly in love with you and wants to be your best friend. I have never been the most relational person and I have struggled with really letting people into my life. But as I have learned to know the Person Jesus, I have found that I really can be myself around Him. He will not condemn me or cast me aside. Instead, He invites me to give Him my weakness and accept His grace. This is the Person I have come to know over the last couple of years.
I have determined to spend the rest of my life knowing HIm as a Person and not a concept, philosophy or idea. The amazing thing is that the more I come to know Jesus, the more I come to really know the Father.
So, do you really know Jesus as a Person, or do you know the concepts, ideas and principles?