How well do you know Jesus?
Is He your best friend and constant companion? Do you think of Him as Messiah, teacher, Savior? Or is He just some really nice guy that lived a long time ago? Maybe you’ve heard He’s the Son of God, but don’t know much more? Whether you’re a curious bystander, a fence straddler, or someone totally sold out for Jesus, this week’s message about developing that relationship has something for you. So let’s jump in because I can’t wait to share it!
We’re talking this month about fully developing our relationship with God. And in order to do that we have to cultivate the key qualities that make any good friendship last: quality time, good communication, and knowing Him FULLY as Father, Spirit, and Son.
You’re joining me today for the second part of a 3 part series to understand why quality time and communication with each member of the Trinity is important. Stick around to get practical tips for developing each one of these relationships.
Last week we talked about cultivating a relationship with God the Father, if you missed it, check it out here. Then next week we’ll dive into developing a mighty friendship with God living right inside you, the Holy Spirit! As for today, I am so excited to explore just who Jesus is with you, while we work on developing a personal relationship with Him.
Jesus, the Son
Jesus Christ, Messiah, the anointed one. He is the long awaited, prophesied promise of a deliverer and Savior.
Fully God, and fully man. Born of a miraculous hypostatic union between a teenage girl and the Holy Spirit. Finally, God made flesh! Its awe inspiring, and completely unique to the Christian faith, that God would lower Himself and take on the form of a man. But Praise God, He did, and He did it to save us all.
So, why do we need to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him?
Because He is the ONLY way to God. Knowing and accepting Jesus as your Savior is the ONLY way to seal your eternity in Heaven. He became a man so that by living a sinless life, something no other man is capable of, He could forever wipe our slate clean. Because of Him we are made right with God. We can connect with God the Father again through the sacrifice of Jesus. He’s our redemption, our Savior.
We also find our hope in Him and in the example He set for us. Every possible situation we find ourselves in, every emotion we experience, every trial we face, every joy we celebrate brings us closer to Him because He has been there too. He’s experienced our pain, shared in our joy, and drown in our sorrows. The Rock is our strength when we have nothing left. Emmanuel, “God with us” carries us through our valleys. Our Victor lifts us up on our mountain tops. And the Unwavering One stays with us everywhere in between.
Getting to know Jesus is, has been, and always will be the best experience of your life.
How to spend quality time with Jesus
Get in the Word! The book of John states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14, emphasis mine)
Jesus IS the Word! Your Bible IS Jesus right in your hands. Read it! Jesus is revealed in every book, in every chapter, and on every single page.
The absolute best way to spend quality time getting to know Jesus is to read the Word.
See Him revealed in every book of the Bible
In Genesis He is the Creator & promised Redeemer, in Exodus the Passover Lamb, Leviticus the High Priest, Numbers the water in the desert, and in Deuteronomy He becomes the curse for us. Then in Joshua He is the Commander of the army of the Lord, in Judges He delivers us from injustice, in Ruth He is our Kinsman-Redeemer, 1 Samuel all in one, He is the Prophet/Priest/King, 2 Samuel He is the King of grace & love. 1 Kings He is a Ruler greater than Solomon, 2 Kings the powerful prophet, 1 Chronicles the Son of David that is coming to rule, 2 Chronicles the King who reigns eternally.
In Ezra He is the Priest proclaiming freedom, Nehemiah the One who restores what is broken down, Esther the Protector of his people. Job shows Him as the Mediator between God and man, Psalms our song in the morning and in the night, in Proverbs He is our wisdom, Ecclesiastes our meaning for life, Song of Solomon the Author of faithful love. Isaiah calls him Suffering Servant, Jeremiah the weeping Messiah, Lamentations He assumes God’s wrath for us, in Ezekiel He is the Son of Man.
In Daniel He is the stranger in the fire with us, in Hosea a faithful husband even when we run away, Joel He is sending His Spirit to His people, Amos He delivers justice to the oppressed. Obadiah He is the Judge of those who do evil, in Jonah the greatest missionary, in Micah He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness, and in Nahum He proclaims future world peace we cannot even imagine.
Through Habakkuk He crushes injustice, Zephaniah He is the Warrior who saves, Haggai He restores our worship, Zechariah prophesies a Messiah pierced for us, and in Malachi He is the sun of righteousness who brings healing.
And on into the New Testament
Matthew calls Him the Messiah who is King, Mark the Messiah who is a Servant, Luke the Messiah who is a Deliverer, and John the Messiah who is God in the flesh. Acts says He is the Spirit who dwells in His people, Romans calls Him the righteousness of God, 1 Corinthians He is the power and love of God, 2 Corinthians He is the down payment of what’s to come. In Galatians He is our very life, Ephesians the unity of our church, Philippians the joy of our life, Colossians He holds the supreme position in all things.
1 Thessalonians calls Him our comfort in the last days, 2 Thessalonians He is our returning King, 1 Timothy the Savior of the worst sinners, 2 Timothy the leader of the leaders, Titus the foundation of truth, and Philemon our Mediator. In Hebrews He is our High Priest, James He matures our faith, 1 Peter He is our hope in times of suffering, 2 Peter He is the One who guards us from false teaching. In 1 John He is the source of all fellowship, 2 John God in the flesh, 3 John the source of all truth, Jude He protects us from stumbling, and finally Revelation reveals Him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, The Alpha and the Omega, The Beginning and the End, He is coming again and the One who makes all things new.
How to have good communication with Jesus
- recognize who He is in your life, and give thanks continually
- praise Him as your Holy Intercessor (*Did you know that God knows your requests before you even ask? And Jesus is sitting at His right hand right now praying for YOU. Before you even mutter a word, Jesus has already pleaded before God on your behalf! If you’ve ever felt like no-one was praying for you, you couldn’t have been more wrong. The most powerful prayer warrior in the history of the world has taken up your cause, and He prays with out ceasing. Be thankful unto Him!
- live, move, and have your entire being in Him, as if you are locked inside the person of Jesus Christ. Going where He wants you to go, saying what He wants you to say, believing what He wants you to believe, doing what He wants you to do, being who He wants you to be, praying what He wants you to pray.
Scriptures to help you get to know Jesus
- John 3:16
- John 1:14
- Luke 2:11
- John 14:6
- Acts 4:12
- John 10:11
- John 8:58
- 1 Timothy 2:5
- Romans 6:23
- Hebrews 1:3
- Isaiah 53:5
- Acts 5:31
- 2 Corinthians 5:21
- 1 Peter 2:24
- Ephesians 5:2
- John 8:24
- Colossians 2:9
- John 6:51
- Matthew 28:18
- Hebrews 12:2
- Romans 10:9
- Hebrews 13:8
Getting to know Jesus personally is the best decision you’ll ever make, I hope you’ve got some great ideas for cultivating your greatest relationship. Let me know how your journey is going and any other helpful tips you might have in the comments below!