“You know me.” (John 7:28)
Anyone who has had kids or have them now, especially teens, have heard this a ton of times “I know.” But you know they don’t really know, but you also cannot convince them of that either! That’s exactly how it was with the Jews in Jerusalem. “We know where He is from.” (John 7:27) When in reality, they didn’t know. But that didn’t matter to them. Nothing was going to get in their way to disturb their satisfaction with what they thought they knew about Jesus. However, Jesus never gave up, He kept trying to get through to them. He was ever faithful, always patient and He never gave up hope.
Each day of our lives, Jesus comes to the “temple” of our very own hearts for the very same reason He did what He did 2,000 years ago. He so very wants us to know Him. He wants us to know who He really is and where He really comes from. This is the true heart of the whole Christian message. It is not all about avoiding sin, or doing good things. No, it’s all about knowing the One who has no beginning and has no end, the One whom no eye has seen and no ear has heard. Every single thing flows from this and without this kind of knowledge of Jesus Christ, this intimate and personal encounter with Him our life of faith will become weaker and weaker over time.
Of course none of us are going to be able to fully know Jesus because we are just human and He is divine! Then add on our fallen nature which puts a few veils over us. But these veils will be completely removed when we enter heaven and then we will be allowed to truly see Him face to face. But until that time comes we can still grow closer to Him on a daily basis through His Holy Spirit that lives within all of us.
So, how can we do this? The first thing is that we need to read about Him and the only way to do that is to read the Gospels. Scripture paints a wonderful picture of His kindness and patience, as well as His desire to draw us closer to Him and His willingness to lay down His own life for all of us. What you can do is start a list of things about Jesus that you learn about Him from reading the Gospels, write down what they say about Him and as the list grows start thinking about the things you have listed.
Another thing you can do is simply ask Him some questions that will help you get to know Him better. You can ask things like “What were you thinking when…..?” “What would you say to me if you met me at the town well?” or “Why did You welcome Zachaeus?” and so on. Then after you ask Him a question wait quietly for the Holy Spirit to enter your thoughts and your heart.
And last, make sure to write down what you think, imagine or feel in those responses that you get to your questions and keep it with you and think about the answers often.
God hasn’t changed and He never will! He has always longed for us to know Him and he always will.
“Lord, open my eyes to see You and my ears to hear You speak this Lent so that I might know You more!”
Wisdom 2:1, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
Lord we know that we need to get to know You better.
Teach us how to ask the right questions and how to listen for the answers.
Show us what we need to do in order to grow closer to You each day.
Send us Your Holy Spirit to help enlighten us and to open the eyes of our hearts so we might see You more clearly and hear the gentle whisper of Your voice.