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Knowing Jesus (15 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
The Apostle Paul was on a journey one day on the Damascus Road and on that road he had an encounter, an experience. He came face to face with an individual. Paul said, "Who art thou Lord?" The Lord replied, "I am Jesus." The day the Apostle Paul met Jesus, his life was forever changed. It was never again the same.
I wonder if you have met Jesus. Have you had that wonderful experience of meeting Jesus? If you haven't, I'm going to give you the opportunity to do so in a little while. But if you have met the Lord Jesus Christ and have become personally acquainted with Him, it has changed your life forever.
John 17, verse 3, says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
Paul met the Lord Jesus. He had a personal acquaintance with Him. He could say, "I know Jesus."
It is possible to know about a person and not really know that person. I remember for a number of years my political hero was Ronald Regan. I knew about Ronald Regan, but then when Janet and I were able to go to the White House and meet Ronald Regan personally, I could say that I don't just know about him, I know him. I've had a personal experience with Jesus.
There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. You can have knowledge in your head but you may not have knowledge in your heart. In Romans 10, verse 9, the Bible says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Verse 11 says, "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
You can have the knowledge of Jesus in your head, but you do not have the knowledge of Jesus in your heart until you have that personal relationship with Jesus.
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