How well do people know you? How well do you know Jesus?
John 14:7 – If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
I’m about to take you to a new level of thinking today, perhaps deeper than you may have thought. If you’ve already been there, rejoice. If you haven’t, hold on for the ride. Look closely at the words of Jesus in our Text for Today. In simple modern English, Jesus is saying, “If you know Me, you know My Father, and if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen My Father.” It’s that simple.
Now let us consider some additional truth. Jesus came, lived, died, and arose victorious. His death and resurrection took place to prevent us from having to face that same kind of death. His life was an example of how we are to live in this present life, as sons and daughters of God, being doers of the Word, and as such, imitating our heavenly Father by doing what Jesus did and greater. To many believers, that seems too far-fetched to grasp. That should NOT be the case. Once again, we should be doers of the Word of God, and that without delay, hesitation, or doubt. If God said it, that settles it. For a moment, consider the power of that truth. We have been given the Word of God, all things that pertain to life and godliness, and made partakers of the life, nature, and ability of God. Add to that the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus to accomplish anything Jesus did and greater, and the infilling of Holy Spirit as the dunamis ability to exercise the exousia authority that is ours as believers, and the picture should be well developed in our thinking. As heirs of God and joint-heirs of Christ, we have been set forth in the earth in these last days to live as the image of our Lord before a world lost in darkness.
The full realization of this truth is simple. We should be able to say as Jesus did, “If you know me, you know Jesus.” I’m not speaking here of knowing His as Lord and Savior, but being able to recognize His life, love, nature, and ability through our lives. We should likewise be able to say, “If you see me, you see Jesus, for I am living in this age as His joint-heir, and have been sent here by Him as He was sent by the Father.” I know – to the natural mind, that is big thinking. But have we not been commanded to “let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus?” Think on that, my friend, and make Jesus known in your world.
Manna for Today – John 14:1-14; John 1:1 & 14; 1 John 5:7; John 14:15-17; Ephesians 5:1; Hebrews 6:12