Jesus came to reveal God to us. He is the defining
word on God—on what the heart of God is truly like, on what God is
up to in the world, and on what God is up to in your life. An
intimate encounter with Jesus is the most transforming experience of
human existence. To know him as he is, is to come home. To have his
life, joy, love, and presence cannot be compared. A true knowledge
of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. To be
mistaken about him is the saddest mistake of all.
The records of Christ are written so you can
experience him as they did, this intimate connection with the Father
and the Son. John says that you can enjoy the same friendship with
Jesus that he knew. For this Jesus came.
So, if you do not know Jesus as a person, know his
remarkable personality—playful, cunning, fierce, impatient with all
that is religious, kind, creative, irreverent, funny—you have been
If you do not experience Jesus intimately, daily, in
these very ways, if you do not know the comfort of his actual
presence, do not hear his voice speaking to you personally—you have
If you do not know the power of his indwelling life
in you, shaping your personality, healing your brokenness, enabling
you to live as he did—you have been plundered.
This is why we pray,