• Marcy Fleurima

2021_10_22 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- John 1-2

As you begin to wrap up your journey through the Gospels with the book of John, one thing you will notice is John’s love for the Lord and his confidence in the love the Lord has for him. He often refers to himself as “the one Jesus loved.” I always thought that was kind of funny, but goodness, maybe we should give that a try more often—referring to ourselves as, “the one Jesus loves.”

The book of John starts out the same way as the Bible begins. In the beginning…and shows us Jesus was a part of the whole story, from the very beginning. He has been there all along. He is written in every page of the Old Testament even though some of us may have believed he doesn’t join the scene until his birth in the New Testament. Interestingly, John 1:10-11 says, “He was in the world, and the world was created through him, and yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” I wonder how often we continue to miss Him? How often do we assume He’s not around or believe He’s a thing of the past? Or we miss out on what He is saying or asking of us because we don’t recognize Him or His voice? Maybe we think we know what He would say or do in a situation, but we might be so surprised to find out He has something else to say.

Jesus is still Alive and Active in our every day life. He has been with you from the beginning. Nothing (not one thing) about you surprises Him. We get a glimpse of that in His encounter with Philip and Nathaniel towards the end of chapter one (1:43-51).

Jesus approaches Nathaniel (John 1:47) and describes him as a man of complete integrity. This surprises Nathaniel and he says, “how do you know about me?” Jesus tells him, “I could see you…” We can be confident in this same truth for us: Jesus knows you and sees you. Please, let that sink in. He knows YOU. He sees YOU. The same God who was in the beginning, was the creator of the beginning, who knows all things and is in all things…that same God…KNOWS YOU.

Take time to be quiet before the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring up a memory or two from your life or if you want to just think about yesterday, that’s ok too. It might seem like God wasn’t a part of that time, but I really encourage you to spend time talking to God about that time in your life. Ask Him where He was. Ask Him about His thoughts. He can handle what you have to say and you can trust Him to handle your heart. Friends, He knows you. He knows your hurts, victories, secrets, dreams, highs, lows, and everything in between. He knows who He created you to be. He knows your beginning and he knows your end. He has been there and He will not leave you. Take time to ask Him what he thinks of you. Truly listen. Be blessed by the Prince of Peace.

He gets it. He gets you. He was with you. He sees you. He knows you.

You are the one Jesus loves.

Marcy Fleurima

Prayer Team