Do you know Jesus?
There aren't many places in the world
where Jesus is unknown as a man; maybe
considered a "good" man, maybe even a
prophet. His name is sometimes used as a
byword and a curse. However,
that doesn't mean that those using His
name "know" Him. In the Biblical
sense, to "know" someone implied that
there was intimacy between them.
Paul said, "I know whom I have
believed..." (2 Timothy 1:12).
Few have "known" the Lord as Paul did.
He literally laid down his life for
The Bible speaks of intimacy when a
man "knew" his wife. For
example: The priest, Eli, promised
Hannah that her prayers for a child
had been answered: "And they
rose up in the morning early, and
worshipped before the Lord, and
returned, and came to their house to
Ramah and Elkanan knew
his wife, and the Lord remembered here
[she conceived]" (1 Samuel 1:19).
When Joseph learned of Mary's
miraculous pregnancy, he "knew her not
until she brought forth her firstborn
[Jesus]" (Matthew 1:25).
Se we can see that "knowing" Jesus is
more than recognizing His name.
Many know of Him, but fewer really
Do you "know" Jesus intimately?
Is He closer to you than anyone else?
Is He your dearest friend to whom you
can confide things you wouldn't dare
tell anyone else? Are you
depending on Him for your eternal
destination? If not, you can
"know" Him. The very wise man,
Solomon, said He was a friend who "sticketh
closer than a brother" (Proverbs
Wouldn't you like to "know" Someone
like that? Read on...
Does Jesus know you?
If you don't know Him, it may surprise
you that He even knows the number of
hairs on your head! (Matthew 10:30).
He knew you before you were born.
He watched as you developed in your
"My substance was not hid from thee,
when I was made in secret, and
curiously wrought in the lowest parts
of the earth. Thine eyes did see
my substance, yet being unperfect; and
to thy book all my members were
written, which in continuance were
fashioned when as yet there was none
of them" (Psalm 139:14).
Not only does He know you, He knows
all about you and where you are every
minute of the day.
"O Lord, thou hasth searched me, and
known me. Thou knowest my down
sitting and mine uprising, thou
understandest my thoughts afar off
[even before you think
them!]....Whither shall I go from thy
spirit? or whither shall I flee from
thy presence? If I ascend up
into heaven, thou art there: if
I make my bed in hell, behold thou art
there. If I take the wings of
the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea; Even there
shall thy hand lead me, and thy right
hand shall hold me. If I say,
Surely the darkness shall cover me;
even the night shall be light about
me" (Psalm 139 exerpts).
We can't hide from God, but we
can hide in Him!
"Are not two sparrows sold for a
farthing? and one of them shall not
fall on the ground without your
father....Fear ye not therefore, ye
are of more value than many sparrows."
(Matthew 10:29. 30).
What further proof do you need to
accept the fact that "He knows you"?
(There are many more proofs in His
Word if you need to expand on the
"But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord
thinketh upon me: thou art my
help and my deliverer; make no
tarrying, O my God" (Psalm 40:17).
Does Jesus care about you?
Now that you are aware that He knows
you and you can know Him, the next
thought is: Does He care about
It could be daunting to realize
that He knows all about you! He
knows the secrets of your heart.
"The Lord knoweth the thoughts of
man...: (Psalm 94:11).
If He knows how many hairs are on your
head and can read your thoughts, even
before you are aware of them, how can
He care about you? The rest of
the verse Psalm 94:11 says,
"...that they [thoughts of man]
are vanity [empty, worthless]."
Isaiah was another individual who
"knew" the Lord intimately. That
intimacy led him to the revelation
that "All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned every one to
his own way..." (Isaiah 53:6).
How can He care about you when He
knows all your flaws?
In spite of all that, He does care
about you! The last part of the
verse above tells us just how great
His love is: "...and the Lord
hath laid on him [Jesus] the
iniquity of us all."
He loves you enough to take your sins
and pay the ultimate penalty--death,
for you, in your place!
He has always loved you! You
can't do anything to make Him not love
you! Incredible? Yes, but
"You are not alone. Your Father
is higher than the stars and yet
closer than the air you breathe.
No matter how you have suffered or
what you have endured, there is
something He wants you to know.
Without a doubt, the Father loves you"
. . . From T. D. Jakes
Holy Bible, iWoman Thou Art Loosed!
"If ever human love was tender and
self-sacrificing and devoted; if ever
it could bear and forbear; if ever it
could suffer gladly for its loved
ones--then infinitely more is Divine
love tender and self-sacrificing and
devoted, and glad to bear and forbear,
and to suffer. Put together all
the tenderest love you know of, dear
reader, the deepest you have ever
felt, and the strongest that has ever
been poured out upon you, and heap
upon it all the love of all the loving
human hearts in the world, and then
multiply it by infinity, and you will
begin perhaps to have some faint
glimpses of what the love of God in
Christ Jesus is."
--Adapted from Hannah Whitall Smith
(1832-1911) as quoted in "The
Guideposts Prayer Companion, Summer
How does Jesus demonstrate His Love?
How can you know He loves you in spite
of knowing your person thoroughly?
The Greek word for that kind of love
is "Agape." It surpasses the
greatest love you could know of
another or toward another. It is
unconditional. That's right, you
can't bargain for it, work for it or
do anything to earn it. How in
the world then can you have access to
love that is beyond human
"In this was manifested the love of
God toward us, because that God sent
his only begotten Son [Jesus]
into the world, that we might live
through him. Herein is love, not
that we loved God, but that he loved
us, and sent his Son to be the
for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
He loved you before you even knew Him!
Before you heard of Him, before you
had a single thought in His direction,
He loved you! You may not
reciprocate, but He will love you
still. The consequence of
rejecting His Love is a serious
offense; but you are still alive (You
are reading this), and as long as you
live, He will woo you to accept His
Love and love Him in return; you have
an opportunity to "know" Him.
You have nothing to lose and
everything to gain by allowing His
Love to enfold you.
How did He demonstrate His love toward
"But God commendeth his love toward
us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans
"The sufficiency of my merit is to
know that my merit is not sufficient."
How can you receive His Love?
First you will respond to His wooing
by admitting you are bereft of His
Love. You will recognize that
you don't have a single credit to your
name to demand it. All you can
do is receive it.
An old hymn sums your responsibility
surrender all. I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender. I
Where do you surrender?
Where the price was paid for you--at
the cross of Jesus.
What do you surrender?
All your sins, past, present and
future. Empty your heart of its
rebellion against His Love.
Years of rejection may have added
layer upon layer of hardness.
Only a hardened heart can reject His
Love. When you surrender to Him,
He will peel away all the layers so
that only your raw, guilty soul is
left. You will see what Paul saw
"O wretched man that I am!
who shall deliver me from the body of
this death?" Based on his
own personal experience, he answered
himself: "I thank God through
Jesus Christ our Lord..." (Romans
The process is actually quite simple.
See yourself as God sees you:
"As it is written, There is none
righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10).
"For all have sinned and come short
of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
That includes you. So there you
are, stripped of your
self-righteousness, bare before God
and needing a covering.
Since you can't work enough to earn
the cloak you need, what can you do
about that? The answer is so
simple that the intelligentsia often
The gospel in a nutshell:
"That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt
be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto
salvation...For whosoever shall call
upon the name of the Lord shall be
saved" (Romans 10:9-11).
A person can be faithful in tithes and
giving, serve on benevolence
committees, give their time and money
freely for charity, be a church member
and serve on boards, never miss church
-- and still miss Heaven!
If they haven't been born again!
The price has already been paid, the
one you couldn't afford, by Jesus.
The blood He shed on the cross was for
you! It washed you clean from
every sin and left you clothed with
the robe of righteousness of Christ
for the discarded sinful cloak you
D. L. Moody said, "Looking at the
wound of sin will never save anyone.
What you must do is look at the
remedy." Beautifully stated!
Ah! Doesn't it feel good to be
clean, have a spotless garment
cleansed by the blood of Jesus,
basking in God's "agape" Love, having
His presence with you everywhere you
go, sleeping the sleep of the just.
When you came to Jesus, repented of
your sins, accepted His free (but not
cheap) salvation (It cost Jesus
His all!), He "justified" you (made
you completely acceptable to God
because of what Jesus did for you).
"Just - as - if - I'd" never sinned at
all, ever in your lifetime!
Look at this way. You didn't
receive a pardon; you were pronounced
"innocent." If a murderer on
death row receives a pardon, he is
free to go; but he is still guilty.
He is still a murderer.
He must have a document showing that,
though he was guilty, he was pardoned;
but he will always still be guilty.
Instead of a pardon, your verdict was
read like this--"Innocent of all
charges." The innocent don't
need to document their right to
The burden of proof lies with Jesus.
Rejoice! You are clean, free and
accepted by God, because of Jsus.
He thought you were someone worth
"Even as David also describeth the
blessedness of the man unto whom God
imputeth righteousness without works,
Saying, Blessed are they whose
iniquties are forgiven, and whose sins
are covered. Blessed is the man
to whom the Lord will not impute sin"
What can you expect now that you
"know" Jesus and know that
He knows you?
First and most important, you have an
eternal future with Jesus. You
have His presence now and the promise
of sharing in His Kingdom when He
comes back to pick up His "Bride,"
those who have accepted His love while
on earth. You never have to fear
death, because He has conquered death
and has the keys to hell and
"I am he that liveth, and was dead;
and, behold, I am alive for evermore.
Amen; and have the keys of hell and
death" (Revelation 1: 18).
The Bible refers to the Christian's
death as "sleep" (1 Corinthians
15:51). The day will come when
those who "sleep" will be awakened.
"For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in
shall rise first: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air;
and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with
these words" (1 Thessalonians
Jesus knew His disciples were heavy
hearted when He explained to them that
He would be leaving them. To
comfort them, He said,
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye
believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many
mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you. And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you unto myself that
where I am there ye may be also" (John
Wow! We will be with Jesus
wherever He goes. How could it
get any better than that? Well
of course, that is the ultimate goal,
but there are lots more benefits to
come. Time and space won't allow
us to compile a list, but His Word is
filled with all the blessings we have
as one of His own.
While we can't earn our salvation, we
can earn rewards for our faithful
service; and we will be grandly
honored by Him.
"And, behold I come quickly; and my
reward is with me, to give every man
according as his work shall be"
(Revelation 22:20). John
responded by saying, "...Even so,
come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).
"And hath made us kings and priests
unto God and his Father; to him be
glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen" (Revelation 1:6).
at you now!
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old
things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new" (2 Corinthians 5:17)
you "know" Jesus and know that He "knows" you, your life
has just begun. When you came to Jesus repenting
and accepting God's plan of salvation, you were "born
again" or as some translations say "born from above."
You are a new person who never existed before! You
are embarking on a new life that is more amazing that
you could have imagined. But don't be satisfied
until your cup is overflowing and the Holy Spirit
"endues you with power" to tell the world that they too
can "know" Jesus.
very important that you have consistent contact with others
of like faith, so your next step is to find a church
where you can be nurtured and fed the Word, one that
adheres to the Bible undiluted and revered as the very
Word of God that it is.
will find leadership that will take you to the waters of
baptism in obedience to the command of Jesus and embrace
you with the Love of God. You will have
opportunities for service within the Body of Christ (the
church of 'born-again' believers).
share the "Good News" with others who might not "know"
Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face
shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The
Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee
peace" (Numbers 6:24-26).
court of law, witnesses are required to give testimony
to prove a claim
and establish facts. Below
are some testimonies of people who have come to "know"
Jesus. They are "witnesses" to the fact that you
can "know" Jesus who already knows you. Jesus
commissioned His disciples to "go into all the world"
with the gospel, and we who know Him are disciples
said we are the "light of the world" and the "salt of
the earth." It is our responsibility to enlighten
and flavor/preserve the earth with the Love of God as
that Love flows through us because we "know" Jesus
May you be encouraged to share your own
with others to help them to know Him too. We can
come before Him one day "bearing our sheaves of the
harvest" entrusted to us and receive our reward as He
says, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
cannot remember a time when I was not keenly aware of
God and had a great desire to "know" Him. Then
when I was about nine years old or so, our church had a
revival which my family attended every evening. I
shall always remember the overwhelming need to surrender
my life to Jesus on one particular night.
step was to go to my mother who was sitting in another
pew and tell her. She was always involved in
church and available for work in the altar service, so
she was concentrating on that and just praying silently.
Thinking that I was just trying to get her attention for
some nonsense reason, she more or less ignored me; so I
walked to the altar by myself with tears streaming down
my cheeks. Immediately she realized what had
happened and joined me. I don't remember the exact
words of my
prayer, but I remember clearly when the presence of the
Lord ministered to me.
journey had taken many turns in the road and some of the
trips should not have taken place, but I have never
found a place where Jesus was not! No matter which
road I traveled, He was always around to nudge me back
on the right path and welcome me to enjoy His presence.
recommend that you come to "know" Him. You can
trust Him with your life, your future and your eternal
know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is
able to keep that which I have committed unto him
against that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
. . .
.Delores . . .
legacy I have! See the following testimonies.)
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“My husband, Kelsey,
would go to church almost every night, and I would go to bed. He would come
home and wake me up and tell me about the service. I would get a little bit
aggravated, but I didn’t have the heart to not listen. He said, “You should
hear that preacher. He sure does preach the Word.”
Well, I did finally go
with him one night and sat in the very back. One day we had to go some place
and it was almost church time. I said, “Hon, I will go to church like I am if
you will.” So we went. After about two weeks, we kept moving up a little
On Good Friday before
Easter, 1941, I went to the altar; and when I got up, it looked like someone had
put 100-watt bulbs in every light in the church. It felt like someone had taken
something as heavy as a piano off my back. And there was not one hypocrite in
the church! That is the way we should always be, let God look through our
. . . .Lillie M. Adams (deceased)
. . .
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“I have been born again. I am a
new creature in Christ Jesus. All things have become new. The things I used to
love, I now hate; the things I used to hate I now love.”
“I was at a meeting in Scott
County, Virginia, and received the experience of Eternal Life. If I could
get one more experience just like I received, through any kind of weather, I
would get down on my hands and knees and crawl from here to Scott County.
And this thought just flashed through me: I would be willing to be as
though I had never been born, if by this means it would cause some person to
receive Eternal Life that didn’t have a chance of receiving Eternal Life.
I know that God does not require anything like that though. This
experience occurred in 1929.”
. . . .Kelsey G. Adams (deceased)
. . .
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did not fully understand what I was feeling as I stood
in the church that night. I was only nine years
The little country church our family attended was in
revival. Our parents were faithful members and
never missed any services unless someone was ill; we
children were always expected to be right there with
them whenever there was service going on.
I have to admit that I barely remember what the
evangelist preached each night, but this particular
night as he asked the congregation to stand, I stood
like everyone else. As he made the invitation for people
to come to the altar to accept Jesus as their Savior, I
stood erect and listened; all of a sudden tears began to
flow down my cheeks and my heart was pounding; before I
knew it I was walking down the aisle toward the altar.
As I knelt down at the altar I prayed sincerely, " Lord,
forgive me of my sins, I want to live for you." I
felt such love and joy; no, I still didn't really
understand what was happening, but I knew what I felt
was real, as real as anything I had ever known. That
night I made a commitment to serve the Lord for the rest
of my life and with all my heart.
That was 56 years ago at this writing. I have not
always dotted every i or crossed every t, but the Lord
is always faithful and forgiving. He has given me
blessing after blessing. His love and joy is just
as real to me today as it was that night I knelt at the
altar and asked Him to come into my heart.
To quote the title of a song that has been sung
throughout the years, He is, " The Dearest Friend I Ever
. . .
Lorinda (Adams) Grubbs . . .
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and her husband, Rev. Jerry Grubbs
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