Jesus – God in the flesh (John 1:14) – came to be known. How can we ‘know’ him? Also, why should we know him?
Jesus was named, ‘Emanuel’, which means ‘God with us.’ Two scriptures to look up (or search up) regarding this ‘name’, are: Isaiah 7:14 (This was written 600 B.C.), and Matthew 1:23. For more on Christ’s identity, I encourage you to search up these other incredible scriptures: Isaiah 9:1-7, John 10:30, John 14:9, Colossians 1:15-20, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 1:3, and John 1:1-5. The purpose of Christ coming to the world is captured in his very name: ‘God with us.’ Christ came to unite mankind to God. Christ came to be with us, and in us. (Colossians 1:27)
‘Why Jesus?’: Well, primarily because Jesus is true. We come to Jesus because he is the truth of God. Jesus said, ‘I am the truth.’ (John 14:6) And, secondly, we come to Jesus because of what he promises us. Jesus comes to and through us with the very Spirit of God. He pours his forgiveness and eternal life into our beings, he saves our souls. We come to Christ for that ‘life that is truly life.’ (1 Tim 6:19)
How? How can we know Jesus Christ in a real, personal and powerful way? Jesus came to be known. How can we know him? The answer is: by faith. What does faith in Jesus look like practically? Well, the first words of Jesus himself in the book of Mark were, 'Repent and believe!' (Mark 1:15) Faith in Jesus is practical. It is a heart that says, 'I believe!' Does your heart say this today. Can you utter it out loud in words? 'I believe in Jesus Christ!' And it is a life that 'repents of sin.' Show your belief in Jesus by actually repenting of your sin. Tell Jesus now that you are sorry for your sin, and you are today turning away from it. This is repentance! Can you say this prayer out loud? 'Dear Jesus, I am so sorry for all the sin and darkness in my life. Today I turn away from my sin, I repent of it!'
If today you have believed on Jesus, and repented of your sin, you are saved! Jesus himself has 'sealed you with his spirit'. (Ephesians 1:14) It is really important that you take first steps now, and keep walking with Christ! Please check out this link on my website called, 'First Steps': https://1peter1three.weebly.com/first-steps.html
Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)