In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
To Really Know Someone
When I was growing up, people were intimidated by my dad. He was an F-15 fighter pilot and the commanding officer of a squadron. The men and women under his command saw him as a shrewd strategist, methodical, and a great leader. He is all of those things.
But, as his daughter, I’ve had more time to study him. I know he has a very soft heart and a silly streak. It takes time, and it takes deliberate, focused attention to truly know someone.
Christ is So Much More
This rule of relationships is also true in our personal relationship with Jesus. As Christians we have a tendency to only look at part of who Jesus is. We approach Jesus with His humility and humanity in mind, and Jesus is both of those things. However, when you know Jesus well, you know that He is much more than a compassionate servant.
In John 1:1, we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This verse reminds us of who Jesus is. Jesus is the “Word.” These are not so humble beginnings! Jesus is GOD. Jesus is the Creator of everything! When we approach Jesus, we should be awe struck by His majesty and glory.
The Facets of The Savior
As you read the Gospel of John, pay attention to all the facets of who Jesus is. Jesus wept with Mary and Martha when His precious friend Lazarus died. Jesus is love and compassion. Later, when a legion of Roman soldiers came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane they ALL fell down to the ground when Jesus uttered three words, “I am He.” Jesus is power and authority.
You can not confine Jesus to the Gospels! In Revelation, we see Jesus as the meek Lamb of God, as well as a mighty warrior king. In 2 Kings, a pre-incarnate Jesus saves Israel by killing 185,000 Assyrians. Jesus is wrath for the wicked. In the book of Daniel, we see the pre-incarnate Jesus again when He joins Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. Jesus is a comforter.
To Know Him is to Love Him
As you pour over Scripture, you learn more about who Jesus is. And the more you get to know Jesus, the more you love Him.
It is an unfathomable privilege to have the opportunity to intimately know the Creator God of the Universe and Author of our Salvation, which are not so humble beginnings at all. Yet still He draws us into relationship.
Take some time to consider for yourself who Jesus is to you. Which facets of His personality are easier for you to understand? Which are more difficult? Take these things to the Lord, asking Him to reveal more of Himself to you. Then, ask Him for an opportunity to share these things with others who are seeking His truth.