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How well do you know Jesus?
Do I know Him better now?
I was saved at the age of twelve, the last of many times in the few years before. Every appeal I was there raising my hand, just in case last time it didn’t work. I have been asking myself if I know Jesus any better now than I did then. Do you know Jesus better than you used to?
Over the last few months I have been reading the Gospel of John. John describes himself as ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ three times in this book. He was, along with his brother James and the Apostle Peter, one of the three disciples closest to Jesus. He was part of the inner circle. John was present at all the key moments in Jesus’ ministry; he was the only disciple present at the cross and one of the first to see the empty tomb after the resurrection. He was there at the ascension.
John KNEW Jesus.
In our Christian lives it is easy to know about Jesus, particularly if you have grown up in a Christian family, learning all the Bible stories and singing the songs. But to really know Jesus and have a relationship with him should be our goal. Through John’s written gospel he demonstrates that Jesus is the Son of God. Everything he wrote and included in the book points to this.
“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31 NIV
Jesus describes himself as:
- The bread of life – John 6:33
- The door for the sheep – John 10:7
- The good shepherd – John 10:11
- The resurrection and the life – John 11:25
- The way, the truth and the life – John 14:6
- The light of the world – John 8:12
John 1:1-5 introduces the book and succinctly describes who Jesus is:
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5 NLT
In this passage Jesus is the Word. He was present with God at the beginning and he IS God. The darkness can never extinguish this light that he brings to everyone.
The word that is translated as “extinguish” means to obtain, catch, lay hold of, seize, comprehend, perceive and learn, either physically or mentally. Other versions of the Bible translate the same word as “overcome” or “comprehend”. There is so much hope in this one verse. Jesus’ light can never be overcome by the sin and darkness that our world is immersed in. The darkness cannot even understand it.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NLT
Part of the reason I got saved so many times as a child was a lack of understanding of who Jesus is. Therefore, I was going through a process that I thought would save me, not running to a Saviour. When you need somewhere to run in life where do you go? We should not be running to bed, to the TV, to our phones or even to the fridge. Instead, we should run to Jesus. Pray to him, spend time with him, read the Bible and get to church. Always aim to know him better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today.