It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.John Wooden
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For some time I have pondered on the thought that John, the Baptist, did not know the Lord Jesus. “And I did not recognize (know – ESV) him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining — this is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’” (John 1:33, NET). Yet, the Scripture declares that to some degree John did indeed know the Lord, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” (Matthew 3:13-14, ESV). John knew (recognized) Him, but then again he did not. That he knew Jesus is clear from the words of Matthew, but the special way in which he was going to come to know did not occur until after he and jesus fulfilled all righteousness.
Perhaps we, too, recognize the Lord, but do we know Him?
I don’t want to shake down anyone on my family tree, because I’m afraid to know what kind of person I might find. :)
I leave all of that in the Lord’s very capable hands.
In my view, the best thing about God, is found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, where Paul emphasizes the fact that “the power of God” is closely associated with the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:16).
To those who have no desire to know, understand, or continue to pattern their lives after the instructions found in the saving gospel of Christ, the preaching of the cross is to them “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:21-22).
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.Ralph Waldo Emerson, author, poet, philosopher (1803-1882)