Knowledge or Relationship: How do you know Jesus?

Scripture:
Matthew 2:4 “When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.”

Observation:
The moment of the first Advent had come. The Messiah had been born to a poor girl in the small Judean town of Bethlehem just as the prophet had foretold. During this time some Eastern astronomers had witnessed the formation of a new star, the Star of Bethlehem, and they journeyed many months following the position of the star that led them to the Messiah, whom they wanted to worship and to present lavish gifts to Him.
When they inquired of King Herod where the “King of the Jews” was to be born, he was greatly troubled and sought out the location of where this future king was to be born. The priests and scribes informed him that the King would be born in Bethlehem of Judah.

Application:
This passage has always fascinated me in that the priests and scribes knew exactly where to look within the Word of God to know where the Messiah was to be born, yet they rejected the One born there. He grew up in Nazareth of Galilee, which the prophets also foretold, but they were thoroughly convinced that no prophet, as foretold by Moses, could ever be from Galilee because “sinners” occupied it.

The Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem and be of the Davidic line of kings. Because Jesus did not “grow up” in Bethlehem and did not rescue the people from Rome and its oppressors, they thought He was a blasphemer and traitor to Israel. These reasons and more are exactly why the prophets foretold that Jesus, the Messiah, would be rejected by His own people despite the work of God He demonstrated for them in healings, miracles, signs and wonders.

The Jews knew much about the Messiah according to prophecy from the Old Covenant, but they knew very little about the Lawgiver. They focused rather upon themselves and their nationalism instead of the Messiah, who according to Isaiah had to be a suffering servant. The Jews were too proud to admit that their Savior would have to suffer and die for their sins, as well as the sins for all mankind. Despite the numerous references to God being the God of both Jew and Gentile, they were so engrossed in “keeping the Law” that they missed out on their Redeemer.

Does your experience with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit rest upon intellect or knowledge or a summation of preaching rather than a deep, intimate relationship between a Parent and His beloved child? Are you missing out on the Messiah as did the Jews? What constitutes your relationship with the Creator? the Father? the Savior? the Lord? the King? Open your heart to Him that He might circumcise it and open the eyes and ears of your spirit that you may come to know Your Father in deep, loving detail. Don’t be blind to the Truth, which the builder rejected but has become the chief cornerstone.

Prayer:
Father, open the eyes and ears of my heart that I may come to know You beyond the words, ideas, and knowledge of You that floats around in my brain as chemical reactions. Please allow me to know You intimately and deeply. I want to experience all of You and not just what others say and have written in the past. Awaken and quicken my spirit in relation to Your Spirit that I may know the mind, will, and emotions of You. For only the Spirit knows the deep things of God. Your ways will always be higher than mine, which is okay. I just want to know You and love You and then translate that into love for my fellow man. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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