I heard it on the radio yesterday, the two most basic and important needs of a human being are to be known, and to be loved.
If you know me, the more you know me, the deeper and longer you know me, the more you have to keep from loving me. You know my junk, my annoying habits my weaknesses. The trick of any relationship is to find someone who will love me after they have gotten to know me.
There is one who knows me completely.
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
Psalm 139:1-6 –
We believe God is omniscient, he knows everything about everything and everyone. If we go back to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, just after they had broken the rule and eaten the forbidden fruit we find them hiding from God, and from each other. They had been completely known by each other and were content in that and with that but sinning made them hide behind fig leaves.
God knows it all, in my life he knows everything about me, the cheating on tests in 5th grade math, the burying some of the circulars I was supposed to deliver on my paper route, (my dad found out about that one too) the toy army truck I stole from my friend Miles, the things I did that summer late at night, the magazines I had hidden in my room, the cigarettes I stole from my parents cafe and tried to smoke but got sick, all of that and the stuff I can’t write here, and he has chosen to love me, and to die for me.
I am known fully and completely and I am loved fully and completely. You are too. You are known by God fully and completely known, and he loves you, he loves us, and he died to pay for all of our sins. How do I know that? What do I base my belief in? Many verses in the Bible tell us this but my absolute favorite is in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 5.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 5:6-11 –
I am writing this on Thursday of Holy Week 2019, it’s almost Easter. If you have not accepted Jesus love and mercy and had all your sins washed away, will you today? Will you be fully known and fully loved by the God who created you? If you have already made that choice and you are already known and loved, will tell one person about this amazing God who knows us and loves us?
We are known by God and we are loved by God. You are known and loved by God. May you Have a happy Easter, the happiest yet, being known and loved by Jesus our savior and by God our Father.