In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are putting our focus on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.
Jesus, the man, our Lord, Savior and King must be known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the One we bow to and yield to as our life-example and our life-giver to represent Him well and in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we must know Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty (Phil. 3:7-11). He says that we are called to fellowship and be joined to Him in His life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and glorification. The Apostle John saw Jesus revealed as the resplendent and glorious Sovereign Savior of all—this is the one we must see revealed in our lives and revealed in the world around us (Rev. 1:1-11).
Knowing Jesus is an exercise in and experience of growing more deeply and dynamically into the one who is our loving Lord, Savior and King—a joyous journey towards deeper devotion to who His is, who He is in us, who we are in Him and who He is in the lives of fellow believers around us.
Lord In His Humanity Jesus modeled how every man or woman born of God should live and express the love, life and light of God in the world. He lived a life without sin or compromise. He lived fully and forcefully for the purposes and plans of God for His life on this earth. He served—He sacrificed—He suffered—He surrendered. The Apostle Paul clearly states that if we are to know Jesus our Lord, we must engage in and embrace His way of life—a life laid down and put forth according to the will of God the Father. Pray that we would model in our lives the life that our Lord lived in complete submission to the will of the Father.
Lord In His Divinity God became man in Jesus Christ—He was indeed the God-man. Because we are in Christ Jesus, we have become partakers of His divine nature. Everything He is and has, we are and have. He was both human and divine—so in a certain sense we are both human and divine. Experiencing Christ’s love and life means that we can express Christ’s love and life to everyone, everywhere. Pray that we would embrace, embody and express the divine nature of the new man we are in Jesus our Lord.
Lord In His Royalty Jesus is the King of Kings. He was born both of the seed of David and the seed of God. He is the regent and ruler of a kingdom that knows no bounds and has no end. As such, those who are in Him of Him are co-regents and rulers, exercising, extending and expanding His kingdom rule over the world, the flesh and the devil. We truly are called to know Jesus the Lord and King and to make Him known in the earth as anointed ambassadors of His kingdom agenda. Pray that we would advance the agenda of the King and glorious kingdom in the earth.
Remember: Truly knowing Jesus our Lord requires us to know him and to imitate Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty. By the truth of the word of God and power of the Spirit of God, we are called to submit to Christ’s kingdom authority and to express, extend and expand that authority in the earth. and in control.