But Jesus on His part did not entrust Himself to them, because He knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He himself knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25 ESV)
We’ve all had ‘that’ dream. You know . . . the nightmare that you are at work, school or some other familiar public place and are completely naked. To my knowledge, almost everyone has experienced a version of this unnerving dream at some point in their lives.
No one wants to be caught sans clothes anywhere. We like to be covered! We strive to protect our privacy!
Yet on the flipside, there are parts of our lives that we do want to be known. We want our spouses and friends to appreciate us and to remember our own favorite flowers, food or songs. It’s encouraging when we are celebrated for our strengths and gifts on our journey through life.
When Jesus was God incarnate walking the earth in humble human form, He had established a close-knit group of friends and an even wider net of admirers. However, He didn’t entrust Himself to everyone. No, He protected his true identity and only allowed a few to fully know Him then, for he himself knew what was in man. Yikes.
How unnerving to know that He sees us and knows what is in us. Far worse than being found naked in public is to realize that the very One who died for us – the Creator of the universe – knows us. He sees not just our naked, imperfect bodies, but also our wretched, wormy insides. But, thankfully, even though He sees all of us, He chose to cover us and expose more of Himself . . .
And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:11-12 ESV)
His disciples did not truly know Him when He walked the earth, but how amazing that with our new covenant relationship as a child of God, He allows us to know Him fully. And more truth exposed – our shameful sins are forgotten . . . He sees us as forgiven!
Father we thank You that You know us, see us, and yet through the blood of Your Son, we can know You and walk with You without embarrassment or condemnation. Help us to yearn for new and fresh revelations of You. Amen!