Taking Time to Know Jesus

on Sunday 7, March 2010

Then Jesus said, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you do not know me?”  Relationships take time, especially our relationship with Jesus.  There is no short cut, no fast track.  It must be our daily quest.

Jesus posed this question to Philip near the end of his ministry, so presumably Jesus and Philip had spent the better part of three years together.  Philip sat under his teaching, and had a front row seat to observe the miracles.  There was a desire in him to know God.  Yet when presented with the truth of who Jesus was, he struggled to see beyond the surface.  You can almost hear the disappointment in the voice of Jesus.

Jesus’ desire is for us to know him to the same depth of relationship he had with the Father.  Jesus said, “Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe because of the works you have seen me do.”  Jesus’ relationship with his Father needed no proof, and no performance…it just was.  Out of that relationship powerful evidence flowed.  “Anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater.” (John 14:12)

The key here is being, knowing, and growing in our relationship with Christ.  It is our knowing him that is going to change our world.