Our verse for today comes from John 13:3, ” Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God, and was going to God. “
In 1882, the British philosopher and scientist Herbert Spencer wrote that there are five manifestations of all scientific phenomena. Essentially, everything as we know it can be classified into one of these five categories: Time, Force, Action, Space, and Matter. Since that time, theologians and Christians alike have found it ironic that the Agnostic and evolutionist who coined the phrase ” survival of the fittest, ” made famous by Charles Darwin, espoused what God had already declared in the first verse of the Bible to explain how He created the entire universe. ” In the beginning (time), God (force) created (action) the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). ” About 2,000 years ago, Jesus took all of that greatness, all of His dignity and authority and power that had been His since before He created in a word what Spencer thought he had so cleverly explained apart from Creator God and laid it aside. He left it when He took on flesh in a manger, He refused it when He was challenged by the religious leaders to defend Himself, and He expressed it when He served His dirty disciples after His last supper.
John wrote that Jesus knew His Father had given Him all things. I don’t know how much of Spencer’s five manifestations were on our Lord’s mind that night, but whatever He knew, it only made it more evident what a worthy Savior He was as He stooped to unbuckle those filthy sandals. He possessed in His hands all that God had given Him, yet those very hands washed and dried the dirt out of which He had made the first man so many years before. He was there with God when Adam was made, and Jesus knew He was going back to be with His Father, but not before He stretched out those hands on a tree, perhaps a tree similar to the one in that first garden where all this pain began. It was this great Messiah, who knew these things, and everything else from the beginning to the end, who humbled Himself to save a wretch like me.
As we seek Him today, don’t let what you think you know keep you from knowing better the Jesus who knows you completely.
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