Knowing of Him or Knowing Him
December 19, 2004
INTRODUCTION: Many could share a witness (testimony) today of "knowing of Christ" for years before actually, in reality, coming to "know Him."
Often, I hear the conversation of some of my staff as they speak of certain sports figures they admire and cheer for. They can tell you who he plays for, what position, how long, and their record. They can often go back for years as to who they were with before joining their favorable team, and even where they live.
QUESTION: Do you know Him personally? No. They know of him, but they do not know him.
Last week I quoted a survey from Newsweek Magazine sharing that 93% of Americans believe Jesus Christ actually lived, and 82% believe Jesus Christ was God or the Son of God. Do you think 93% of Americans know Jesus Christ, or know of Him?
QUESTION; Does it matter how we know Him?
Christmas is a time of reflection for me. A time to reflect on His birth and how I have been affected by Him. As a result of Him being born, 31 years ago I was born-again.
Matthew 1:23, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
Immanuel – God with us
Romans 8:31, "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
Jesus – God for us
1 Corinthians 6:19, "Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"
Helper - God in us
"He became like us, so we could become like Him"
"The Son of God became the Son of Man, that the Sons of Man could become the Sons of God"
"He paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay."
In 1972 (B/C) at the Myrtle Grove Presbyterian Church, in Wilmington, N.C., Horace Hilton said, "We place our gifts under the tree, God placed His gift on the tree."
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