You Don’t Know Me
Read John 8:19-20 (ESV)
They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
What is tragically ironic when you consider Jesus’ comment about the Jewish religious leaders not knowing Him or His Father?
Is there someone in your life that you feel should know you really well by now but they just don’t seem to get you? Maybe you’ve grown up with them your whole life but you still feel like they don’t know you at all. Have they just not taken the time to get to know you or have they misjudged you? Either way, it hurts to feel unknown by those you’ve done life with for so long.
I wonder if Jesus felt that way about the scribes and the Pharisees. Yesterday, Jesus told them that He testifies about Himself and that God the Father bears witness about Him being His Son. We can read about this in Matthew 3:17 at Jesus’ baptism: “and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”
But the very people who should have recognized Him and embraced Him with joy, rejected Him. As we talked about yesterday, they were spiritually blind. They weren’t thinking about spiritual things but only worldly things. So when Jesus mentioned His Father, they mockingly said, “Where is your Father?”
Jesus’ response should have cut to their hearts. He said, “You don’t know me and you don’t know my Father either.” The scribes and Pharisees knew the Scriptures but failed (or refused) to see how Jesus fulfilled them. We read about this just a few chapters ago in John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” The very people who thought they knew the Law and Scriptures best didn’t actually know God! The very people who were supposed to be spiritual leaders for God’s people didn’t actually know God!
In his letter to the early church, the apostle John wrote: “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9).
There are many people who reject Jesus Christ but claim to know God. The problem is, they refuse to acknowledge Jesus. And if they refuse to acknowledge Jesus, they aren’t worshiping the One True Triune God. The thing about God is that He isn’t just God the Father. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Three distinct persons but one eternal Godhead. You can’t have one without the other and you can’t know one while rejecting the other because they are One. If you reject the Son, you reject God.
We are only worshiping the true God when we accept Him as He is. Even though the word “Trinity” isn’t mentioned in Scripture, the evidence of a Triune God is found from beginning to end. If we claim to know God but reject Christ, we don’t truly know God.
Friends, if you want to know God, Jesus is the only way (John 14:6). Do you know Him?
Jesus, thank You for making a way for me to know God. I want to know You more and more. Help me to abide in Your teaching. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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