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Who is Jesus?
He is the sovereign God who knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him. Before a thought goes through your mind, and before a word leaves your tongue, God knows it completely. He knows everything about you. How that feels depends entirely on whether the One who knows you is for you or against you. And it depends on whether you are for or against him.
David knew that God was for him, and David was for God, so he said, “You know me completely, and such knowledge is too wonderful for me. It is wonderful that you know me. How else would I ever be invited to your banquet? If you did not know me and love me, how would I ever be invited into your house?”
The woman at the well goes running to her town and says, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did!” And she is full of joy, even though Jesus told her about a lot of stuff she should not have done. So why was she glad about it? Because she had discovered that the One who knew her also loved her and that there was hope for her in Him.
The ruler who knows you is the brother who loves you.
When you get a taste of His love for you, it will not be long before you find in your heart a love that returns to Him. We love Him because He has first loved us.
And this ruler, who is in nature God, who is our brother because He became man in Jesus Christ and He takes His stand alongside of you, is the victim who is ready to forgive you. What happened to Him? Jesus is the victim who suffered on account of our sins. All of our sins are sins against Him. That’s why our sins were laid on Him at the cross. He became the sacrifice. He was the victim.
But now risen and exalted, He stands ready to forgive us, to welcome all who will be reconciled to Him, to call us His brothers and sisters, to seat us at His table, where He will feed us and nourish us, even to eternal life. You are known, you are loved, and you can be forgiven, through Jesus Christ, who is the one and only Son of God.
When you see who He is, why would you not submit to Him as your ruler, love him as your brother, and trust Him as the Savior who gave Himself as the sacrifice for your sin? When you do, you will be able to say:
Your blood has washed away my sin, Jesus, thank you!
The Father’s wrath completely satisfied, Jesus, thank you!
Once your enemy, now seated at your table, Jesus, thank you!