1 Corinthians 2:2
"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified."
Do you know him?
Paul makes a potent statement in 1 Corinthians 2, "For I resolved to know nothing .... except Jesus Christ and him crucified." The key word is KNOW. As of late, the blessedness of that verse has struck with flashes of lightning on the core of my entire soul. It is as though the lofty foundation, ideas, and aspirations I had built up with my ephemeral strength crumbled and fell to the ground! For I, too, resolve to know only Christ and him crucified. I can say confidently that the chief and greatest achievement of my life is and shall ever be to know him. Do you know this King of Glory? Psalm 24:8 states, "Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle." In the garden of Gethsemane He waged the Holy War against sin as he sweat blood, as he was pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him. In fact, on that rugged Cross he absorbed the Wrath of a just God. I desire to sink into nothingness and echo the lyric of the great hymn "Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to that Cross I cling".
He is the good shepherd who came so that we may have life. Do you know the voice of your shepherd? His voice is majestic; his voice is a powerful voice. It is the voice which has called and is calling you out of the darkness into his marvelous light. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart. But rather, silently retrieve to quietness and examine your heart and let him expose all unrighteousness. Let his voice lead you to a place of authentic worship.
In order to know Christ, I should delight in and find joy in his words "the Bible". Do you know his Words? My brethren, I exhort you to know his words, therein your desire to know him will be cultivated. Not all scriptures talk about Jesus Christ, but all scriptures point to Him. The Old Testament explains Jesus Christ and the New Testament reveals Him. At night, take refuge in his words; in the morning take refuge in his words. His words bring salvation to souls; his words sanctify the souls of men, his words are the sanctuary for our souls. Then our souls could echo the words of Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God".
Let's all say, we are resolved to know only Jesus and him Crucified.
Blessings on you,