If you know me ...

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” -John 14:5-7 NRSV

I think that many of us often quote the part of this passage about Jesus being the way and do not stop to consider that Jesus speaks about knowing him. In essence the way to the Father is knowing the Son. To be sure, I am not speaking about knowing about Jesus. I am talking about experientially knowing him through a spiritual birth.

Reminds me of a song that I often sing in my alone times: "Knowing you Jesus. Knowing you. There is no greater thing." Apart from knowing God I do not think that I could make through the heartaches and trials. Knowing Jesus made the difference when my wife died. Knowing him gives me strength to overcome in hard times. There is no greater joy.

You are my all. You are the best. My joy. My righteousness. And I love you Lord.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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