Getting to Know Jesus

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 20:31

Imagine Jesus savoring boiled fish for breakfast. See his face light up as he delights in a child’s antics. Observe him as he keeps the party going, turning water at a wedding into choice wine.

This is the human Jesus — a man who cried, laughed, slept, conversed and shared affection freely. Few knew Jesus’ personal habits like his twelve disciples. And John, whom Jesus called “beloved,” may have known him best of all.

As an insider, John offers an up-close view of seven of Jesus’ miracles and shares the compelling details of Jesus’ death and resurrection. After all of these real-life stories, John is quick to admit that Jesus did many more miracles: “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 20:31).

“Trust me,” John seems to say. “I knew him. I loved him. I watched him do miracles, die and come back to life again. Jesus is God’s Son. He proved it!” Though we cannot walk beside human Jesus today, millions have seen him through John’s eyes.

Centuries later, a Jesus-follower named Sundar Singh said this about knowing Jesus Christ: ”There are many Christians who do not feel his glorious presence as something real . . . only when someone surrenders his heart to Jesus can he find him.” Singh knew in his mind who Jesus Christ was — but when he surrendered his heart, he found peace even while he was in prison.

Dividers

How do you know Jesus? Knowing details about his life and ministry isn’t enough. When you receive his forgiveness, you can go beyond knowing him to loving him. When you spend time with him in prayer, you can go beyond loving him to sensing his presence.

Dividers

How well do you know Jesus? Knowing details about his life and ministry isn’t enough. When you receive his forgiveness, you can go beyond knowing him to loving him. When you spend time with him in prayer, you can go beyond loving him to sensing his presence. Spend some time this next week reading the book of John and get a closer look at who Jesus is.

Questions for Reflection

1. Do you think you know Jesus or just know about Jesus?
2. How much time each day do you spend with him?
3. How has time in his Word and in prayer helped you to know and love him more?

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Stay In Control

Sisiters in Faith

By Tia McCollors

Sisters in Faith

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. – Proverbs 29:11

No one knows for sure what emotion led Queen Vashti to refuse her husband’s summons to appear before him at the King’s feast. He’d said he wanted her to wear her crown and to display her beauty for all of the princes, servants and nobles who were dining with him. Perhaps Queen Vashti felt ashamed of his request. The Bible records that King Ahasuerus was drunk with wine. Or maybe she was angry that he wanted her to leave her own feast in order to flaunt herself. Whatever the case, Queen Vashti’s decision costs her the royal position and quite possibly her integrity.

Emotions can sometimes lead to rash decisions. Instead of letting our emotions rule our lives, we should rule over our emotions.

Practical Application: Take a breather and count to ten. Without emotions, our world would be a gray and predictable place to live with people who all felt and acted the same. Emotions may guide us, but they shouldn’t rule us.

Before responding to a situation, ask yourself a few key questions. Can I approach this situation in a different way? If necessary, how can I defuse this situation? What will be the consequences of my actions? Am I willing to live with those consequences, no matter the costs?

Prayer: Lord, help me to keep my emotions under control! I want to make decisions that will bring honor and won’t compromise my integrity or the positions you’ve placed me in. Show me how to respond first in love when my emotions try to speak for me.

Tia McCollors is a wife and mother who loves to encourage women to wear their faith like a designer label. Information about her inspirational novels and devotions can be found at www.tiamccollors.com.