#31: Would You Know Him?

If I’d lived in Jesus’ day, would I have recognized Him as the Messiah? Would I have accepted His deity? I think about it a lot. Apparently, I’m not the only one. Singer/songwriter Wayne Watson wrote a powerful song with the same theme, called Would I Know You Now? The first part says,

“Would I know You now if You walked into the room?
If You stilled the crowd, if Your light dispelled the gloom?
And if I saw Your wounds, touched Your thorn-pierced brow,
I wonder if I’d know You now.

“Would I know You now if You walked into this place?
Would I cause You shame? Would my games be Your disgrace?
Or would I worship You, fall upon my face?
I wonder if I’d know You now.

“Or have the images I’ve painted so distorted who You are
that even if the world was looking they could not see You,
the real You?
Have I changed the true reflection to fulfill my own design,
making You what I want, not showing You forth divine?

Get your Bible and let’s dive in to Mark’s sixth chapter, as we continue getting to know Jesus.

Read Mark 6:1-6, then the parallel accounts in Matthew 13:53-58 and Luke 4:16-30 (especially Luke’s record, which goes into the most detail).

Jesus was in His hometown of Nazareth, where He’d been raised. On the Sabbath He went to the synagogue. There, he was invited to read scripture and to speak. The hometown folks had heard of His miracles and His growing popularity. As He began to teach, they listened eagerly to their native son. They were impressed by His words. They recognized His wisdom.

Then He started to say things that made them squirm a bit. He read a familiar passage from the prophet Isaiah (which was, in essence, His “job description”), then applied it to himself! The townspeople looked at each other with amazement: was He really claiming to be the Promised One? Who did He think He was? After all, they’d known Him since He was small. They knew His parents and brothers and sisters. He was the local carpenter—not the Messiah!

While His townsmen were busy reducing Him to the familiar, Jesus brought deeper offense by exposing their disbelief. “Only in his home town, among his relatives and in his own house, is a prophet without honor,” He said. That was it! They’d heard enough. The angered mob forcibly carried Jesus to the edge of town, intending to throw Him down from the cliff. There, in power and authority He turned around, walked through the crowd, and went on His way.

At this point we read one of the saddest sentences in the gospels. “He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” (Mt. 13:58) In His own hometown, with people He’d grown up among and known all His human life, He couldn’t share the gifts He longed to bring. Why? Because they thought they knew Him, which caused them to miss who He really was.

All through the centuries since, people have made the same mistake. They’ve fitted Jesus with a tame description—maybe a great teacher or an ancient prophet, long ago and far away—nothing demanding or challenging. Assuring themselves they “knew” Him, they denied His true identity and His present power. They could go about their lives without having their darkness exposed by His light (John 3:19). In the process, they cheated themselves of His saving grace and of the life that is truly life.

Wayne Watson’s song concludes with a haunting verse:

“Would I miss You now if You left and closed the door?
Would my flesh cry out, “I don’t need you anymore?”
Or would I follow You, seek to be restored?
I wonder. I wonder, will I ever learn?
I wonder, would I know You now?”*

Will we live as we please, keeping Him at a comfortable distance, confident that we know Him well enough? Or will we choose to really know Him in all His breathtaking grace and truth?

*Would I Know You Now? Words and music by Wayne Watson, ©1987, Word Music.

© Diane McLoud 2013

5 Comments on “#31: Would You Know Him?

  1. The more I learn, more I read, more I persist on…the more I know. I’ll never know everything but little by little you teach me from afar. I do know, THANK YOU

    • I’ve “known” Him all my life, was baptized into Him at age 10—and I still learn more about Him every time I look into His Word, every time I pray, every time He moves in my life. He’s a great Savior and it’s worth the quest! Thankful for you, Laura, and for your seeking heart.

  2. Hi Diane. I am so glad that I did not live back then. I don’t think our minds can even begin to comprehend the magnificence of our Jesus. Its even hard for people this day and age when the science shows on tv talk about the big bang and the earth being millions and millions of years old, the bible “just a book” etc. Its sickens me and confuses me sometimes. I can’t even imagine what its doing to people who are just beginning their search for Jesus. They can be talked right out of it……………but, I keep hanging on to the scripture that says…if you seek Me with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, you will find Me. Jesus is constantly there knocking. He seeks us out first. It is up to us to respond. I am soooooooooo thankful that I responded to Him. I am sooooooo thankful for my salvation in Him. Love you and thank you

    • I Corinthians 1:18 says, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” To people who’ve never “known” Him, believing in Him seems so stupid and naive; they think they have very sound reasons to not believe. But when you’ve experienced His grace—you’re so grateful to believe and to know Him! I’m thankful, too, Denise!

  3. To me the hardest part would be when the ones closest to you who just don’t seem to grasp or want to know Him. The verse in Matthew 10:34-36, although a sad one, helps at times. Even Jesus experienced this here in Mark 6 huh? I just continue to try to live my life in ways that will show others how Jesus loves and works in me. Can never be thankful enough for the Christian parents who I was so blessed with. I feel the importance of being brought up in a Christian home with guidance.

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