2015—the Year of Knowing Jesus
Nowadays, we can Google almost every subject we can think of. Within a matter of seconds, we have millions of pieces of information that would educate us on the topic of our interests. For instance, this morning (12/19/2014) I typed the word “Jesus” in the search window on Google. In 0.44 seconds, 586 million entries on Jesus popped up. After reading some articles, I may get to know a lot about Jesus, such as when He was alive and active, how old he was when He was crucified and so on, but that doesn’t mean that I know of Him personally. I don’t have to explain to you the difference in knowing about Jesus and knowing of Him.
How much do you know Jesus? How much do I know Jesus? It is a very important question for us to ask ourselves often. Why? Because, depending on what answer we come up with, it determines our eternal destination (Heaven or Hell). The Word of God says that we, the believers in Christ, are called to be His disciples, who follow Him, walk with Him, have a fellowship with Him, and imitate Him in word and deed. If we just know about Him a lot yet don’t know of Him at all (in fact, this is absolutely possible even after years of going to church), then our years of walking with Him would go waste and in the end we may be denied to enter into God’s presence in Heaven.
How much do we know Jesus? That’s the question I plan to address throughout the New Year.
As pastor of our congregation, I designate 2015 to be The Year of Knowing Jesus (T.Y.O.K.J.). Throughout the year, I am going to preach six sermons on who Jesus is, why He came to us, what he did, where He is now, what He expects of us, and the ways that will help us to know Him deeper and closer. I hope and pray that these sermons will help everyone at worship to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
By the way, I will launch my sermon series on “T.Y.O.K.J.” on Sunday, January 11, 2015 along with the distribution of scrolls which contain a verse to encourage everyone to know Jesus. Don’t miss that!
January 11 at both 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services.
See you at church!