Recognizing, Believing and Living with Jesus

In Daily Devotional by Greg Laurie

Theme of the Week: Walking with Jesus

Bible Verse: And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:1-3

I don’t know what Jesus looked like physically. It would appear that Jesus had a rather ordinary appearance. In speaking of the Messiah to come, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (Isa. 53:2). After the resurrection, Mary thought he was the gardener (see John 20:11–16). Jesus’s physical appearance was so unimportant that John doesn’t even give us a hint about what Jesus looked like. But he tells us more than enough about Jesus for us to recognize that the Lord was no ordinary man.

How many of us have wished we could have been one of the twelve disciples who had the privilege of listening to him, speaking with him, hearing the timbre of his voice, and looking into his eyes? Yet those days are long gone. Or are they?

According to John, in his epistle, 1 John 1:1-3, John was saying that we can have a relationship with God as significant as the one he had. The phrase John used, “which we have heard,” also could be translated, “still ringing in our ears.” John was saying, “I can still hear the tone of his voice, the inflections he used. I hear it still.” Jesus made an impact on John, one John never forgot, one John shares with us.

The apostles, and certainly John, understood this wasn’t just a good man. This wasn’t even a great prophet, as much as this was God in human form. John was saying, “We were there. We saw him. We heard him. But our fellowship is with the Father, and you can enter into this fellowship with God as well.”

Although we have not seen Jesus with our eyes, we believe we are invited into the fellowship of John and the disciples. We are invited to understand the living God with the same intimate knowledge experienced by those who shared meals and conversations with him. No longer do we need to ask the real Jesus to stand up. Instead, it’s our turn to stand up and get real with Jesus. Are you ready?


From Walking With Jesus: Daily Inspiration From The Gospel Of John by Greg Laurie. Copyright ©2007 by Greg Laurie. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com

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Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America, and consistently ranks among the most influential churches in the country.
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Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America, and consistently ranks among the most influential churches in the country.