READ : Philippians 3:10-11
We think we know someone and then that person does something we never expect them to do. I wonder if that’s how the disciples felt when Jesus got himself crucified by the very Romans from whom they believed he had come to set them free. They thought they recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah who would set his people free. Then he goes and gets killed! After Jesus’ resurrection when he came to see them, their eyes were opened and they really began to know him.
Remember the disciples on the Emmaus Road. They walked a long way talking with Jesus as he shared the Scriptures with them. But they did not know him until he broke the bread to give them. Before the disciples could know Jesus they had to experience Jesus.
To know Jesus we must know the pain of his death and the power of his resurrection. To experience Jesus as our Messiah and Savior is to know him as the one beaten, nailed to the cross and separated from God by our sins. As the perfect Son of God he paid our debt and rose again bringing the gift of new life to those who identify with him in both his death and life.
written by Diane Konynenbelt
Lord, I want to know Jesus as the One who died and also to share in his life by becoming like him. Amen.