Do you know me? We may know the grocery store clerk from seeing her weekly, but we know little about her. We know our children’s spouses, but we don’t live with them, so we know them only to a certain extent. A ‘best friend’ is known deeply through much time shared, but still not an intimate knowing. Even with a spouse, with all the years of closeness and trust, there are still gaps in knowing each other.
God wants us to know Him. We can’t see or touch or hear Him with our physical bodies. How then can we know Him? “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” (1John 5:20 ESV)
More than knowing others, however, is the desire that we are known – wanted, loved, accepted. When my mother died, I felt like the only one who had always known me was gone. Truth is, Jesus knew me even before her.
There’s a lot we might prefer others not know. No one is perfect. Not in light of a perfect God. We should be in awe that He knows all our sins and failures yet still loves us.
What kind of love is this? One so deep, all-encompassing that in our surrender to and acceptance of His Son He will wipe our slate clean?
This love is a fully known kind of love. A knows it all and still says ‘You are mine and I am delighted’ kind of love. “Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.” (1Corinthians 13:12b CSB)
That must be why we call it amazing grace, amazing love. Who, but the Father, would offer such redemption? Everything about us is laid bare before God. He cleanses us in the blood of His Son and calls us beloved.
Jesus says to those who believe: ‘I know you’ – and in the hearing, all our anxiousness fades; for that knowing is a soul knowing and a promise of forever in paradise. As the thief on the cross was known and promised the same: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43b CSB)
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