To Know Jesus

John 14: 6-14
1 Cor 15: 1-8 / Ps 19: 2-5

Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
(John 14:9)

How much time have I sacrificed
To know Him and be satisfied?
Who is this Jesus crucified?
He is the Way, the Truth, the Life.

Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.’ (John 14: 6-14)

Reflection

In one of our group’s teaching nights, the topic was ‘Finding God in Everyday Situations.’ It seems that in most cases, we are not aware of God’s presence in our day-to-day existence, until something near-catastrophic happens and we acknowledge His presence and saving power. Our head servant-leader related how in one very recent incident, he fell asleep while driving alone on the highway, and his vehicle would have fallen into a deep ravine had it not hit a concrete signpost. His pick-up was a wreck, but he only suffered a minor cut on his lip. He said, “I thank God for His protection.” Indeed, as God assures us, ‘I will show you my saving power’ (Psa 91:16).

How much do we know our loving Father in heaven? One popular song in our brotherhood goes, “To love You, O Lord, is to know Your love … to love You, and to make You loved.” Many Christians today are still in the dark regarding their relationship with God, simply because they have not yet come to know who Jesus Christ is in their life. They have not taken the trouble to read about Him in the Bible, and be able to relate the lessons He imparts to the situations in their own life.

It is never too late to find meaning our lives by getting to know Jesus better. By meditating on the Bible, especially the Gospel accounts, Jesus will reveal Himself to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. The more we come to know Him, the more we will become like Him, and the easier it will be to bring others to Him when they see Jesus in us. In this way we will be fulfilling the words of Jesus, Who said, “The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do…” (14:13) And what a joy it will be to do the works that our Savior did!

During the last minutes of His time with the apostles before He was crucified, Jesus prayed to the Father, “Now this is eternal life, that they should know You, the only true God, and the one whom You sent, Jesus Christ” (Jn.17:3). May we all come to know God more fully through our Lord Jesus Christ, and thus be assured of eternal life.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whose example we can aspire to be holy, and be worthy of Your eternal kingdom. Grant that we may become closer to Him, by seeing His face in every person in our life. Amen.

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