“This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3)
In this wonderful prayer of Jesus, we get a glimpse of eternity: not harps and jewels but intimacy with God. Nor do we have to wait until we die to experience this. Jesus knows us inside and out, and he longs for us to know him too, to let his love begin to transform us here and now.
“I revealed your name to those whom you gave me,” he says to his Father. And what is that name that shines forth from Jesus? John tells us over and over in his letter: “God is love” (1 John 4:16). As Trinity, God is forever in loving relationship of mutual affection and respect shared by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is this rich relationship that God now invites us to enter into.
This is the power of divine revelation! Scientists and philosophers studying the natural world may reasonably conclude that there is a wise and powerful creator. They may also be able to discover the moral law he has placed within his human creatures. But research and philosophy alone are not capable of bringing us into personal contact with this Creator. Only God himself can open our eyes to his love. Only he can tell us that he has sent his only Son to rescue us from sin and bring us into his embrace. It’s good to stretch our minds, to tackle the questions that scholars look into. But the revelation that God is love puts all of our scientific and scholarly discoveries about the Lord in a new and more glorious light.
Tonight, look back over your day with the eyes of faith, enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Look for the many wonderful signs God gave you of his overwhelming love. Perhaps you have caught a glimpse of him in nature, in the words of Scripture, in the generosity of a friend, or in an inspiration to do something you weren’t planning to do. Enjoy those glimpses, but don’t stop there. Receive each as an invitation to deepen your friendship with him even more.
“Jesus, your name is Love. Your mercy has come to me in so many ways, but I am most grateful for the privilege and joy of knowing you.”