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|Monday, June 05, 2006
2 Peter 1:2-7
His divine power has granted us all things . . . through the knowledge of him who called us.(2 Peter 1:3)
Do you know Jesus? The question may make us feel uncomfortable, either because it seems very personal in nature or because we really dont know how to answer it. After all, how can anyone know the eternal Son of God? Immediately, we sense that knowing Jesus involves more than an intellectual grasp of his teachings or a familiarity with the story of his life, death, and resurrection. To say, I know Jesus is more like saying, I know Emily. Shes my neighbor, or I know my husband very well.
As daunting a question as this may seem, in reality its probably one of the most encouraging, hope-filled questions anyone could ever ask us. Why? Because knowing Jesus is not very hard at all. In fact, its very easynot because Jesus is so compatible with us but because he wants us to know him. Jesus longs to have a personal relationship with us.
So how do we get to know Jesus? One of the best ways is through his word in Scripture. Scripture does far more than convey information or tell a good, stirring story. It has the power to change us from the inside out. Every time we read the Bible, it is Jesus himself speaking to usif we let him. He comes to fill our minds with his truth and his promises. He comes to free our hearts from hurtful desires, sinful enticements, and painful memories.
This is why Peter said that Gods divine power has given us everything we need through the knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). Knowing Jesus doesnt just make us friends with Godamazing as this is. Knowing Jesus changes our lives forever. So what can possibly hold us back? We can, if we hold on to fears, sins, or frustrations. Spend time with Jesus. Let his word soften your heart and strengthen your mind. As you do, you too will become a partaker of the divine nature (1:4).
Lord Jesus, let me hear your voice. I want to know the power of your divine nature working in me, drawing me closer and closer to you. I want us to become best friends, even as I learn to submit to your authority and lordship.
Psalm 91:1-2,14-16; Mark 12:1-12