John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
A young man noticed a young woman at his school. He asked several people about her and gained some pretty good information that she was a nice person, faithful in her church, didn’t drink or smoke or do drugs, was pleasant to people, and was a good student who wanted to be a business manager for her career. He already knew from observation that she was lovely to look upon. But… with all the information and observation, he still didn’t have a relationship because he had not “experienced” meeting and spending time getting to know her. He did know, however, that he wanted to experience a relationship with her. Would she want to experience him?
A lot of people are that way with Jesus. They go to church and learn about Him and they see other people who claim to walk with Him every day. They ask questions about Him and even pray, but the prayers are a bit like dropping a coin into a wishing well.
If you want to “experience” Jesus, you need to invite Him into a relationship. The wonderful thing is that He has already invited you and is poised to be your greatest friend, your constant companion, your most wise consultant, and closer than a brother. Jesus came down here to get to “know” us… and for us to get to “know” Him. Not just to know about Him, but to establish a rich, personal relationship with Him. In these next weeks, we will explore knowing God, like never before.