What an astonishing thing that we can know Jesus! This is an age of specialists, when men devote their lives to the pursuit of special departments of knowledge. One learned professor will give fourteen hours a day for forty years to the study offish, another to the study of birds, and yet another to that of bugs. Another, more ambitious, devotes his life to the study of history and the rise and fall of nations, and yet another to astronomy, the origin and history of worlds.
But to know Jesus Christ is infinitely better than to know all that has been learned or dreamed of by these professors, for He it was who made the worlds, and “without Him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3).
Personally, I am inclined to think that to know Edison would be worth more than knowing one or all of his works, and so to know Jesus Christ is the first and best of all knowledge.
The knowledge of the naturalist, the astronomer, the historian, may be of passing value, but in due time it will be antedated and fail. But the knowledge of Jesus Christ is of infinite value and will never pass away. It is profitable for this world, and for that which is to come, and only by it does a man come to the knowledge of himself, without which it would be better never to have been born.
In this knowledge of Jesus is hidden the germ of all knowledge, for Paul tells us that in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Am I eager for learning and knowledge? Let me then constantly seek to know Him, and in due time, in this world or in the next, I shall know all that is of value for me to know.
In this knowledge lies true culture of both head and heart, especially of the heart. How then shall we come to the knowledge of Jesus?
We must utterly and forever renounce sin and seek forgiveness for past bad conduct. But we must not only renounce our sins, we must also renounce self. Jesus gave Himself for us; we must give ourselves for Him.
This knowledge, to be maintained, must be cultivated, which is done by communion with Him. Secret prayer must often bring the soul face to face with Him, and the Bible, God’s record of Him, must be daily, diligently and lovingly searched and faithfully applied to daily life. Thus shall we know Him.
Samuel Logan Brengle, Heart Talks on Holiness