No, I’m not trying to market a new Christian t-shirt like “Jesus is My Homeboy” or anything like that. In my devotions today, I just happened to read John 10:14-16, and the passage seems strangely appropriate for Valentine’s Day.
In verse 14, Jesus says, “I know my own and my own know me.” Jesus is not just referring to some abstract head knowledge here. He is talking about an intimate, relational knowledge. The Greek word “know” that he uses has more of an experiential connotation, including being used as a euphemism for sexual intercourse. It is the idea expressed by Paul in Ephesians 5:31-32: “‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.”
This idea is strengthened in the next verse, where Jesus adds, “just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.” Jesus’ level of acquaintance with us is on the level of a man and wife and the level that the members of the Godhead have with each other. As Creator, Jesus knows every detail about his creation. He knows our past, present, and future. He knows what makes us tick, what drives our thoughts and actions. This is a very comforting thought.
There is also a convicting part of this passage, however. Much like marriage, our relationship with Jesus is not a one-way street. If one spouse works to know everything there is to know about their mate, while the other puts forth zero effort, it is not a healthy relationship. It is not enough to rest on the fact that Jesus knows us intimately. We must work to know him as well: “…and my own know me.” This naturally brings up the question, “Do I have an intimate, marriage-like knowledge of Jesus?”
Today is a day that we celebrate the intimacy we have in our earthly relationships and strive to improve those relationships. May it also be a day to celebrate the intimate relationship we have with our Savior, and may we strive to come to a more intimate, experiential, relational knowledge of him.