Tuesday, November 13, 2012

To Know Who Jesus Makes Known

          The first verse of the book of Revelation tells us that Jesus received a revelation from the Father, which he then made known to his people. This invites us to become students, not only of the revelation itself, but also of the Savior who makes it known. And, while we seek to receive this wonder of Jesus making the divine revelation known to mere children like ourselves, we discover this more expansive wonder, that Jesus makes the Divine Revealer known to people all over the world, and in such a way that they become the very sons of God[1].

          Jesus, by his very nature, is the one who makes the Father known. He is the Word of God[2], the image of God[3], the Son of God[4], and the radiance of God’s glory[5]. He does nothing on his own, but everything with the Father[6]. In considering how Jesus makes God and his revelations known, I found myself meditating on this Scripture: I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”[7]

          When we look at all the biblical descriptions of Jesus making the Father and his words known, there is this inescapable treasure presented before our very eyes. The effect, or the result, of Jesus making the Father and his revelations known, is that the love with which the Father has loved Jesus would be in us who believe in this name, and Jesus himself would be in us.

          Have you looked in the mirror lately and considered this wonder? That the same love that God the Father has for Jesus can be in you? Have you let your heart meditate on this strange thought, that Jesus would actually say such an unbelievable thing so that mere creatures like us could enjoy the gracious strangeness of being loved in this way?  

          And yet, Jesus reveals the divine name to us for something even more intimately personal than mere creatures sharing the same love from the Father as he has experienced forever. Jesus reveals the Father's name to his disciples so that Jesus himself could be in us.  

          No one could have imagined such a thing as this, that Jesus would want to be in his creatures at all, let alone a creature so utterly sinful as ourselves. However, Jesus not only wanted us to know what it is like to be loved by the Father, and to feel that same love for ourselves, but he wanted to be inside us, dwelling within us, and sharing this experience with us. Jesus being loved by the Father is in us who are being loved by the Father, while Jesus also loves us with the same love with which the Father has loved him[8].

          Now, the wonder grows as we consider how determined Jesus was to enter our sinful world for this purpose, that he could find the people his Father had given him, call them into this love, and reveal to them the name of the Father, so that we could know the intimate love relationship between the Father and the Son. We can experience being sons loved by the Father, indwelt by the Son, who is loved by the Father. And it is this intimate love relationship the Triune God wants us to share with them as Jesus makes known to us the wondrous words his Father breathed-out in the Revelation.

          No wonder Paul would write: “…to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”[9] Come to Jesus and be blessed!


© 2012 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, Canada, V1K 1B8 ~

[1] John 1:12-13; Ephesians 1:5
[2] John 1:1,2
[3] Colossians 1:15
[4] John 3:16
[5] Hebrews 1:3
[6] John 5:19-20
[7] John 17:26
[8] John 15:9
[9] Ephesians 1:6

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