With school and sports and Bible study all kicking off over the last week, I’ve been contemplating the direction of this blog. Doing series of posts has a certain appeal for me because it keeps me focused and accountable, but I also like having the flexibility of writing about whatever strikes me. Hence I am pleased to report that I’ve struck a compromise with my inner factions: I plan to post consistently on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. Mondays will have a marriage focus, and I’ll explain more about that on this upcoming Marriage Monday, Wednesdays will be a more general This I Know, and Fridays will continue to be what they have long been, a fun way to capture moments from my very own Jackson Five. So I hope you’ll click on over each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The focus of my Bible study this year is the Gospel of John. You may know that John had a very close relationship with Jesus. He was the only one who stayed at the cross through the crucifixion, and he promised Jesus he would be the one to take care of his mother. Of course, I am most excited to study the person of Jesus –His undeniable claim to be God’s Son and His sinless life which we are called to emulate by the power of the Holy Spirit. But I am also looking forward to having a greater appreciation for how John was able to become so close to Jesus.
And already I am being enriched by this study, both socially (such amazing women are a part of this group) and spiritually. On Monday, while I was reading the first eleven chapters as part of an overview I was struck by the story of Jesus healing the man who was born blind (John 9). The Pharisees were a little befuddled trying to explain away the miracle. They interrogated the man, and then his parents, and then the newly-sighted man again.
And you can sense the man’s mounting frustration. It’s almost as if he says, “guys, you are making this way too complicated, trying to get to the root of it all. I can’t explain the mechanics, the physics or the why. But this I know, I was blind and now I see.”
I was singing in the shower later that day. Since I was home alone, I was belting out Jesus Loves Me like a rock star. The song begins “Jesus loves me, this I know.” This I know, just like the blind man. It’s simple. I can point you to God’s Word, I can tell you how God’s faithfulness has been proven in my life time and time again, I can tell you how Jesus is the answer to all my deepest questions, but if you want to know the mechanics, the physics or the why, then you are asking to understand Jesus without faith, and that, my friend, isn’t gonna happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not in this lifetime.
If you want to know Jesus you have to have a tiny kernel of faith, but the Bible says that even a mustard seed is more than sufficient. Jesus is pursuing you. Do you have a speck of faith to listen, to answer the door where he is ever-faithful to knock?
I hope so. I hope you too can sing your heart out in the shower, “Jesus Loves Me, THIS I KNOW!“