This I Know

Read: John 20:24-29;  1 John 4:13-16

The other day my wife and I were discussing bluetooth technology.  I proclaimed that I knew how it works because I could turn it on with one device and immediately it would connect with the other.  She wanted a more detailed explanation.  She said, “No, I really want you to explain in detail how that works.  How is that possible?”

I will be the first to admit that there are many things I do not know.  If I started to list all of them this short meditation would end up being longer than anyone would ever want to read.  I don’t know everything about creation, about this world, about how everything works, about who will win the World Series this year (hopefully the Cardinals), or who will be the next U.S President.  

In fact, I don’t claim to know everything there is to know about God or the Christian faith.  In a recent small group conversation we discussed the importance of being able to say “I don’t know” sometimes when we really don’t know.  Honesty is more respectable than trying to act like we know the answers to everything.  We need to remember that as we share our faith with others.

There are some things that only God knows and God intends for it to be that way for our own good.  However, there are things revealed to us that help us to understand the incredible love and grace that God has shown to us through his Son Jesus Christ.  Doubting Thomas in John 20 had his doubt of Christ’s resurrection changed to “My Lord and my God!” when he saw the crucifixion wounds of Jesus for himself.  Right after that Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

The day after my wife and I had the conversation about bluetooth technology I heard a song by Christian artist David Crowder that proclaimed over and over “This I Know!”  I thought to myself. “There are a lot of things in life I don’t know (including how bluetooth works) but some of the fundamental and most important things I definitely do know.”

In the book of 1st John there are quite a few verses that begin with the words, “This is how we know….”  As believers we know that Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for our sins; we know he rose from the grave to defeat death; we know he lives in our lives today with power and truth; we know that he has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us, empower us, and give us strength to face everything that this life brings.  

This we know…. because we are witnesses and have experienced the difference that Jesus makes in our day to day lives.  Let’s share that with a world that so desperately needs to hear it!

Make it personal:  Life can filled with so much doubt.  Life can be filled with so many questions.  Try to move past the things that you don’t know and can’t explain and embrace the truth that can truly set you free.  God loved you so much that he sent his one and only Son Jesus Christ to bring you salvation from all the other things that bother you in this life.  Leave those other things behind and embrace Jesus as your Lord and Savior each and every day.  This I know…. you will be glad that you did!

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church