I’ve always loved these verses in John chapter 10 that talk about Jesus knowing His sheep, or chosen people. However I have very seldom thought about this in context of a husband and a wife, Jesus being the husband and all of us (His children, His chosen people) being the wife.
In this short article John Piper talks about how Jesus knows us like a husband knows his wife when he is waiting to pick her up from the airport. He watches as all the other passengers arrive home, but only recognizes and knows and loves one of them: his wife.
This is the scene that is being described in John 10. Not just the fact that we are one of his in a crowd of many of His, but that we are one of His who is completely and individually known by Him. No one else could ever love you or know you this much, no love or amount of knowledge someone could have for you could ever surpass this love, this knowledge of the King for His precious people!
I needed this reminder this morning. Lately, I confess, I have been so consumed by a desire to be in a Godly relationship, that it has become a major heart idol, yes, even good things like this can become idols if they take the place of your desire for the Lord.
So take heed of this reminder with me: Nothing and no one is better than the surpassing, ever-lasting, awe-inspiring love of the Father in Heaven shown through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He knows you, all of you, like no one else ever will.
And so I will end with Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians:
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” — Ephesians 3:14-19
“Thus says the Lord: ‘The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the LORD appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again I will build you, and you shall be built, O virgin Israel!” — Jeremiah 31:2-4
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” — Jesus, John 15:9