i know you

"…but I know you."  - John 5:42

when i was young and getting into mischief or trying to trick my parents into letting me do something i didn't think they'd approve of my dad would say to me, "i know  you nino. i know how you are. you don't think i know you, but i've known you since waaaay back." and then he'd quote my age to me to prove how long he's known me.

and then we'd look at each other and laugh, because i knew that he knew what i was up to and it wasn't going to work. i'd have to find some other tactic.

in the passage quoted above Jesus is saying this to the Jewish leaders not in a loving tender way, but as a means of letting them know he knows even their inner most hearts, desires, and motivations. he knows how cold and callous they'd become.

i've gotta tell you, in hindsight, it's comforting to know that my dad knew me. first of all, i had a dad. and secondly, he was around enough to know me. he knew my heart, my desires, and my motivations even when they weren't the best. heck, even when they were downright bad.

think about it. Jesus "knows" you. he knows you inside and out; the good, the bad, and the ugly. yet he still considers us his own. he still had open arms calling us back to him.

it's nice to know.

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Jesus, you know my heart better than anyone. you've known me since waaaaay back. "purify my heart, cleanse me from within and make me holy. purify my heart, cleanse me from my sin, deep within."