I know who you are

And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. Luke 4:31-37

Do you know Jesus? I have lost track of how many times I have heard that phrase. Typically it is coming out of a well-meaning Christian’s mouth and directed to someone they believe may not be saved. I heard it often when I was attending college as I was often the first of my group to make it to the university center and so was sitting at a table alone waiting for my friends. This was alternated with “have you found Jesus?” While well-meaning it misses the point.

It is not enough to know who Jesus is or to have found out about Jesus. I would be willing to bet that half the world knows about Jesus. Muslims know who Jesus is, at least according to the Quran. Mormons know who Jesus is, at least according the Joseph Smith. Atheists know who Jesus is, at least according to their world view. Even as we see in today’s verses so do the demons know who Jesus is. In fact the demons know who Jesus is better than the Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and atheist. They know that Jesus is the Son of God, God’s Holy One, and God incarnate.

You see Mormons believe Jesus is a god and the demons know Jesus is God yet both will gain nothing from this knowledge. You see it matters not how much we know about Jesus or believe about Jesus. What matters is if we have a relationship with Jesus or not. It matters only if we chose to follow Jesus. Demons acknowledge Jesus is God but they refuse to follow Him. We have to not only know that Jesus is the Son of God and redeemer of our sins and our salvation but follow Him and allow Him Lordship over our lives.

So go ahead and ask if someone knows Jesus but make sure they know the real Jesus. The Son of God. The Lord of Lords. Emmanuel, God with us. The Alpha and Omega. The one who dies on a cross to pay for the sins of the world that whoever believes may not perish but have eternal life.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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One Response to I know who you are

  1. Yes very True David, knowing Jesus is more than just knowing about Him, it’s being indwelt by Him as the Scripture below confirms.

    Colossians 1:27-29 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man Perfect in Christ Jesus Whereunto I also labour, striving according to His working, which worketh in me mightily(KJV)

    Galatians 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who Loved me, and gave Himself for me.(KJV)

    Ephesians 3:16-18 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by Faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in Love, May be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;(KJV)

    Galatians 3:26-28 For ye are all the Children of God by Faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.(KJV)

    2 Corinthians 13:4-6 For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him, by the power of God toward you. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.(KJV)

    2 Corinthians 5:16-18 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation(KJV)

    1 Corinthians 1:29-31That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:That, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.(KJV)

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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