Do we just have a “Facebook friendship” with Jesus? As our senior pastor led us on Sunday through Philippians 3:7-11, we see the Paul writing, “I want to know Christ.” What does Paul–apostle, missionary, prolific writer of the New Testament, and pillar of the faith–mean that he wants to know Christ?
Paul wants to become an expert on Christ. Our conversion is but an introduction to Jesus. We should long for more, hunger for more, and not be satisfied until we know more and more. This past Sunday, April 12 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we briefly looked at a few of Jesus’ attributes, names, and character traits as we began our exploration:
Advocate: Our defender who speaks for us, whose wounds are continual evidence that we’ve been saved
All in All: Christ is all
Anchor: An anchor for our souls, keeping us from drifting away, bringing us back and holding us in place
Balm of Gilead: As the precious oil from the Balsam tree had healing powers, only Christ can heal us of sin, soothing our sores, and healing our scars.
Bridegroom: Jesus does not pass over us; he changes us and cleanses us for the coming wedding day.
The Same: He will remain; his years never end.
Lion of Judah: Bravery, power, royalty
Lamb: He willingly became the Lamb, our Passover Lamb.
There’s so much exploring left to do, yet we’ve seen enough to understand how the Apostle Paul could write, “I want to know Christ.” Listen to the whole sermon here.