“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
John 17:1-3 NKJV
“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ....that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”
Philippians 3:8, 10 NKJV
When Jesus's time had come to go to the cross, He prayed to the father. He prayed that God would be glorified through Him, the Son Jesus. God gave Jesus authority over all flesh, and thus death. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life. Jesus's authority was proven when He was raised from the dead. This was the glory revealed through Him. And this is why He had that authority, so that Jesus could give eternal life to as many people as God gives to Jesus as a free gift.
And this is eternal life: that we should know Jesus Christ and God. Eternal life is not Heaven. Heaven is where we will spend our eternal life. Eternal life is KNOWING Christ Jesus and God. Heaven is nothing without the presence and knowledge of God.
Paul describes this knowledge as excellence. He states that he counts all things as loss that he may KNOW Him.
Knowing God is something worth losing everything for. Knowing God is not just something to enjoy on Sundays. It is life altering. It is not an acquaintance. You don't sacrifice for acquaintances. Jesus didn't die so we could be acquainted with Him. We come to know God through His Spirit that dwells in us as He opens our eyes to the things He is doing around us and draws us to Him. We must seek Him at all costs.
Also, God must know you too. “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. " John 10:14 NKJV This is a two way street. God knows His sheep. He knows if you know him 😊.
I pray today that you KNOW THAT YOU KNOW Jesus Christ as Lord of your life. For this is eternal life. He died for you, but not to be acquainted with you. He died so that you could spend eternity with Him.
I hope you have a good day, and I love you!! 💜