What a Strange Question: Does Jesus Know You?
Jesus knows everyone, doesn’t He? He is, after all, Omniscient, All-Knowing God, Who “searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
According to the Bible, however, being known by Jesus encompasses far more than Him knowing everything about you. And for those who claim to be Christians, it means more than them being able to speak and act in a Christian manner. How do we know this? Matthew 7:23.
Matthew 7:23 records that someday, many who profess to be Christians and do great works in Jesus’ name will be absolutely terrified when Jesus tells them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
Something You Don’t Want to Hear
“I never knew you.” Those are words that you and I don’t want to hear. Scripture is clear about who goes to Heaven and who goes to hell. Heaven is reserved only for those whom Jesus knows. Hell – an eternity in torment, separated from God and His goodness forever – is reserved for those whom He does not know.
So it is crucial that we find out what it really means to be known by Jesus. What are the specific qualities of those whom Jesus knows? How can we adopt those qualities into our own life? John chapter 10 in the Bible has the answers.
Are You Jesus’ Sheep?
In John chapter 10, Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd, and His followers as His sheep. Do you know why He uses this illustration?
Sheep (people) are basically helpless creatures, completely unable to care for themselves. Not very smart, they use poor judgment and can easily get into all kinds of trouble and danger. They are easy prey for enemies.
Sheep (people) desperately need the shepherd’s (Jesus’) care. They need a close relationship with their shepherd (Jesus). He must guide them, provide for them, heal, and protect them. If they are rebellious against His care, He must for their own good correct and discipline them.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
Jesus the Good Shepherd
“3 To [Jesus] the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”
“14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep…27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;”
How does this passage describe Jesus our Good Shepherd? First, He has a specific flock of sheep He is watching over. He calls them His own sheep. The sheep belong to Him. And He has a personal relationship with each one.
If we belong to Jesus, He call us by name and leads us. He goes ahead of us so we can follow Him. He knows us – intimately, even as God the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father. Jesus willingly laid down His life for us.
How Should Sheep Behave?
What are the characteristics of Jesus’ sheep? They hear Jesus’ voice. They follow Him because they know His voice. They do not follow strangers because they do not know the voice of strangers. They flee from strangers. They know Jesus – intimately.
Do you want to be Jesus’ sheep? Do you want to be known by Him?
Ask yourself: Have I recognized that I need Jesus? Have I turned from my own ways, accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and entrusted myself to His care? Am I coming to know His voice by spending time in His Word and prayer? Am I following Him, obeying His voice?
Act on your answers in the paragraph above. If you are not certain that you belong to Jesus, read “How Can I Know God?”.
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