There is a popular Christmas song that many love and it gets a lot of air time at the holiday season. I love it too, especially the line that says “When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God.”
But I have to ask myself as I listen to this song, do I know.
In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer makes this statement:
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.”
Another writer, Martyn Lloyd-Jones has written
Our supreme need is to know God.
But, what do we mean by knowing God?
The Old Testament. The Hebrew root yada [[;d”y],translated “know”/”knowledge, ” appears almost 950 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has a wider sweep than our English word “know, ” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization.
Thus, biblically to know God is not to know about him in an abstract and impersonal manner, but rather to enter into his saving actions ( Micah 6:5 ). To know God is not to struggle philosophically with his eternal essence, but rather to recognize and accept his claims. It is not some mystical contemplation, but dutiful obedience.
Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary
The Biblical use of knowing someone implies a relationship. In Genesis 4:1 we are told that “Adam knew Eve his wife” meaning he had a physical union with her. Jesus used the word “know” when He spoke of his relationship with His followers.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me (John 10:14)
The Apostle Peter admonishes Christian to
grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I wonder do we truly “know” Him? Is He really a part of our everyday life or just someone we visit on Sunday morning? Do we really invite Him to be part of our plans as we work, play, shop? Better yet, do we invite Him to guide us so that we recognize His plans for us?
Do I know about him or do I know him?
For example, I know about President Trump. I can tell you he is a wealthy man with a beautiful wife. He is loved by the political right and hated by the political left. He is from New York and is a real estate billionaire.
But I do not know him. If I met him on the street he would not have any idea who I was. I will never be invited to his family Christmas dinner (not that I would want to). We have no personal knowledge of each other.
In thinking how do we come to know Jesus, I think of my own relationship with my husband. When I first met him all I knew was that he was a father trying to raise two teenagers by himself, that he was highly respected by his church family, that he liked to sing.
As we began to spend time together, slowly I learned more about his man. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, he loved flowers and was a great gardener, he hated stewed tomatoes. By the time we were married, I could say that I truly knew him.
However, after almost 35 years of marriage, I realize that my knowledge of him on our wedding day was small compared to what I have discovered over these years of marriage. Today, I think it is correct to say I know him better than anyone else.
So it is with the Lord. The more time we spend in His word, in prayer, in mediation the more we will know Him.
This Christmas, do you know about Jesus or do you know Him? What are your plans to know in your knowledge of Him?