(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

John 14:9, “ Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

It is possible to be around Jesus and not know him. Being around church and doing religious things doesn’t mean you know people at church or that you really know the minister. Proximity does not necessarily mean real familiarity. We go to church with people for years and may not really know them.

The same can be true of Jesus. Do we really know him, or do we just know who he is when we someone mentions him. Do we really know him or do we just know about him?

Philip had been with Jesus 3 years, yet he didn’t know Him as well as he should have. Sometimes we are around Jesus, but we do not have a personal relationship with him.

We can learn a lot from the Bible about Jesus. However, do we live our life, everyday, with Him. Do we experience life with Him. Do we feel anything about Him, not about religion, but about Him?

King David said that his soul longed for God, that he “panteth after Him like a deer for water in a dry land.” He spent hours alone with God. God was enough. He knew God.

It would be a shame to be around Jesus for years and never really know Him. God says we are to seek Him, “press on” to know Him. He said the only thing to boast about was not riches or power or wisdom, but that we know God.

Jesus said, “This is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” It would be a shame to be around Jesus for years, but not know Him, and miss eternal life.

How long have we been around the things of Jesus? Is it possible to know Him better than we do? Seek the Lord (not religion or absolution), while he may be found. Call on Him, while he is near.

St. Paul says everything he had was rubbish, compared to knowing Jesus. So, he pressed on to know Him even better. Get to know Jesus better.

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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