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08/07/2013

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I Know Him


"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me----just as the Father knows me and I know the Father ----- I lay down my life for the sheep" (Jn.10:14-15).

On the way to Maine last week, Jane and I stopped at a rest area on the Garden State Parkway. We got out of the car, and I spotted an older gentlemen behind us. I remarked to Jane: "I know him! He's famous... He's on some of the TV talk shows." The man was Mark Shields, and we had a short and pleasant conversation. To be truthful, I only knew him by recognition, I guess I wanted to share the experience with you. In today's verse, Jesus states that He knows the Father... It is more than just recognition however. In the Bible, there are two Greek words for "know." One of them is as the result of a discernment which can be enlarged. The other implies an absolute knowledge... When Jesus speaks about knowing God, He uses both of these terms. In today's verse He uses the first definition.... "I am not here on my own, but He who sent me is true. You do not know Him; but I know Him and He sent me" (Jn.7:29). In this verse Jesus use the word that means absolute knowledge. This knowledge comes from having been with the Father, and as we noted yesterday, has seen Him. This knowledge of God is a knowledge that only Jesus can make and lay ownership to. "Though you do not know Him, I know Him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word" (Jn 8:55). It is so comforting to know that our Savior Jesus Christ has a full and complete knowledge of God. I will probably never see Mark Shields again except on TV. I can watch him and make the claim that I once met him. Its not at all like knowing Jesus and God. We can come to a knowledge of God through His Beloved Son... We can truly say.... "I know him....."

Have a wonderful day.... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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