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Knowing God

Friday, March 31, 2006

John 7:28-30

Jesus, teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, but I know him because I am from him and he sent me."

At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come.

Jesus saw his Father so clearly. There was no veil, no "seeing through the glass darkly" for him as there is for us. As there was for everyone around him.

How lonely he must have felt, like a man without a country. Knowing how much love God had for ... not just him, but for all of them. And how could he get through to them and help them open themselves to so much good?

Jesus' words sound plaintive, wistful; he wants the people listening to know his Father like he knows him. Believe it, he says. God is true, God is wise, God is near. God will never leave you. God is in control. Do not be afraid.

The angels always start their speeches with "Do not be afraid." The only thing there is to fear is fear itself. In fact if the angels don't come to visit, and if God isn't "naturally supernatural," then I really am insecure. Without God's protection and assurance, there is nothing whatever secure about my life.

So listening now to the words of Jesus, I want to close my eyes and travel with him to the world he came from, to the heavenly kingdom. There is so much there to see! And when I open my eyes, I'll be new. New again. Able to see the kingdom of God around me, to walk in it and talk in it.

Jesus' time has come and is now coming. The Holy Spirit will show us wonderful things. God is every day carrying us home.

Jesus, what there is to know, you will show me. Open my eyes. Open my ears. Open my heart and fill me up to bursting.

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