Knowing Jesus

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The Road to Emmaus” by Robert Zund

The Christian band Chaotic Resemblance led our worship this week.  These young men bring some wonderful talent and an even more wonderful faith to their performance and to the worship.

Brother Travis from the group brought us the word which reminded us of some simple truths: “God – good! Devil – bad!”  But more than that his central theme was onknowing Jesus.

Many people, he noted, know about Jesus, but not all “know Him.”  It isn’t a matter of being able to quote scripture or speak theologically about God.  The Scribes and the Pharisees could do that.  It is about a personal relationship.

The starting point is being able to recognise Him in our lives.  Travis gave the reference of the disciples on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus as is promised in scripture (wherever two or three are gathered in my name) arrives as the men are discussing Him.  They do not recognise Him, but He enlightens them the more over the fulfillment of prophecy, and that he had fulfilled His mission.  It is after this that they come to recognise Him.  Brother travis stressed an interesting aside as well.  Jesus would have gone further.  Further down the road – perhaps, but maybe just in encountering Him, further in bestowing knowledge.  Such things happen when you get to know Him, and not just about Him.

This does not mean that there is no place for knowing “about Him” or the scriptures, however.  In Jesus’ temptation in the desert, Jesus gave us a great model of of challenging Satan and the call to sin with scripture.  Brother Travis noted that Jesus did this.  It is also practical for us.  When we hear the voice of evil, whether calling us to sin, or calling us to doubt our worthiness – scripture can silence the “voice.”  Oh, by the way, none of us is “worthy” not on our own anyway.  It is all about that “knowing Jesus” and being in relationship.  It He and His blood that makes us worthy.

Where are we in our relationship with Jesus today?  Is He a vague intellectual concept?  Is He an even more hazy partially remembered concept from some Sunday School class of our distant past?  Or is He the companion on our personal Emmaus Roads, who we walk and dine with?  Is He the instructor and fulfiller of our lives?

Padre

Chaotic Resemblance

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