TUESDAY, APRIL 13
I am the good shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me,
John 10:14 (ESV)
THE GOOD SHEPHERD KNOWS ME
A famous actor was once the guest of honor at a social gathering where he received many requests to recite favorite excerpts from various literary works. An old preacher, who happened to be there, asked the actor to recite the twenty-third Psalm. The actor agreed on the condition that the preacher would also recite it. The actor’s recitation was beautifully intoned with great dramatic emphasis for which he received lengthy applause. The preacher’s voice was rough and broken from many years of preaching, and his diction was anything but polished. But when the preacher finished, there was not a dry eye in the room. When someone asked the actor what made the difference, he replied “I know the psalm, but he knows the Shepherd.”
Jesus said in John 10:14, “I know My own.” The Greek word He used for “know” means to know experientially. It’s not to know by reading it in a book, or philosophizing. And the word “know” very often in the Bible is used in terms of a love relationship. For example, in the Old Testament it says, “Cain knew his wife and she bore a child.” Jesus was teaching that He had a personal relationship with His followers because He cared for them.
In Matthew 7:23, God will say to some “Depart from Me I never knew you.” Does that mean He doesn’t know who they are? No. It means, “I never had an intimate loving fellowship with you.” It’s not just enough to know about God. We must place our faith in Jesus to experience an eternal saving relationship with God. Does God know you? Have you placed your faith in His Son, Jesus?
Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) Thank God for the privilege of knowing and experiencing Him.