Is it possible to know all about religious doctrine, precepts and concepts and still not know Jesus? Yes! The saint whose knowledge of these things out paces his or her intimate relationship with the Savior is in mortal and spiritual danger. A danger that goes beyond life on earth but jeopardizes where one may spend eternity, life in the hereafter. When Mary spoke to the disciples telling them “she had seen the Lord” she was crying and religious doctrine had no more value to her at that moment than the soil beneath her feet. So it should be with today’s Christian believers, it is not about doctrine, it is about having a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Any scribe or Pharisee could have humbled Mary in a debate of doctrine, but the one area Mary could stump the most learned Pharisee was the fact that Jesus had cast seven (7)demons out of her. Yet his blessing of freeing her physically and spiritually paled in comparison to the value of himself. Mary “saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus” (verse 14) immediately when she heard his voice “Mary. She turned herself, and said unto him, Rabonni; which is to say, Master” (verse 16). Without a question or doubt Mary knew the voice of her Lord and Savior.
Every Christian at some time in their journey will have moments when we go looking
for Jesus filled with the hope that he will be found where we last knew him to be. We seek him because we have a personal history, a track-record so to speak, more importantly we have a relationship with him. A relationship founded upon an experience that is unique to the person, to me and me alone. The knowledge of a personal experience I can testify to even if I have not shared it with anyone, saint or sinner. Mary had an experience and a relationship with Jesus that drew her to his burial site.
Mary told the disciples she had seen Jesus and the other disciples told Thomas, but
Thomas doubted. “Except I shall see, I will not believe.” Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus that freed Mary of doubt and unbelief that “whom the Son of God has set free is free indeed.” When Jesus’ touch come, or how and when it will come we do not know, but when it does come there will be no doubt that it is Jesus that has touched you. “My Lord and My God” is a precious expression used to describe the indescribable joy
of having been touched. Has Jesus touched you and made you whole?
Peter vehemently denied Jesus swearing and cursing after having cut a man’s ear off in defense of him a few hours earlier. Jesus being Jesus, the Redeemer and restorer appeared to Peter alone after the Resurrection. Jesus forgave Peter, restored him in private and then he restored him before the other disciples. “Lord. Thou knowest that I love thee,” Jesus was kinder to Peter than he had been to their relationship. Why? Because Jesus knew Peter, like many believers, was a selfish-creature of convenience, we do what we feel or think is necessary to save self. In reality it is the Master alone that offered
himself as a ransom for many to save us from ourselves.
Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ–our Redeemer, Restorer, Lord and Savior, we often misunderstand Him, stubbornly doubt him and even deny him, but we must not lose our connection to him. Our knowledge of Jesus Christ is based on a personal relationship with him, a knowledge and faith which nothing should be able to shake. Beware of not placing the proper value upon your relationship to the Lord and the things you have seen in your moments with him. The most disappointing saint is the one who has the satisfaction of an experience with Jesus to which he can refer, but who is not showing it in everyday life. If you can say you know Jesus, say it and then show it. When your relationship with Jesus is genuine it is shown in your life.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ