Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we will ponder our lives as we seek to understand the nature of the
knowledge of Jesus.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Knowledge of Jesus
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find
rest unto your souls.” Matthew, Chapter 11, Verse 29.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast, we shall the examine the knowledge of Jesus, how it is
obtained, and the role that the circumstances of life play in acquiring this knowledge. We know that
the knowledge of Jesus is the knowledge of the Heavenly Father. We also know that the knowledge
of Jesus is the highest knowledge of the heavenly Father that we can obtain, and this is because
whosoever has seen the Son has seen the Father. There are three examples that we would like to use
for illustration purposes in demonstrating the levels of knowledge of God. And finally we shall
examine the reason why so many mortals unwittingly reject this knowledge of Jesus.
The first illustration is of an individual who has been saddled with many physical problems. He has
so many of them right behind the other that he began to feel like he was afflicted like Job. And just
when he thought he could not take any more, he was hit with another devastating problem. This
latest problem was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He declared that everything was going
down the hill. He was a believer and constantly prayed to God, and God was not answering his
prayers. Nothing was working. He was almost beside himself with frustration and discouragement
Now this individual did not realize that the heavenly Father was answering his prayers. He did not
realize it because he was expecting a material answer. The Father was giving him the spiritual
strength to bear all of these afflictions, and in the process transforming his character, making him
more and more like Jesus. He was acquiring the knowledge of Jesus, and through Him, the
knowledge of the heavenly Father. Just because we suffer tribulation does not mean that the merciful
Father has forsaken us, rather it demonstrates that the merciful Father is going through the
experience with us, revealing himself to us in ever increasing perfection. In this world we will have
tribulations. but because Jesus has overcome the world, we should be of good cheer. No real harm
can come near our souls
The next example is of an individual that is in crisis because of her personal relationships. She
recently lost her husband suddenly, and has been in a deep depression since then. She says she can’t
seemed to get over his death despite taking medication for the depression. She says she feels like life
has lost all meaning. On top of that her two children are drug addicts, and she had to shoot her son
once when he attacked her, and her daughter has lost her child because of the neglect due to drug
addiction. In addition she has been trying to take care of her aging mother, but finds that she can no
longer do this because of her own physical limitations. She says that she feels that God has left her.
She also says that she knows she is not supposed to question God but she would like to know why
she is going through so much at one time. She says she believes that God does not put more on you
than you can bear, but it seems like this is never going to end.
She continues to pray and the effect o f this praying will lead to increased trust and increased faith
in the heavenly Father. When you can not get out of your circumstances, let the heavenly Father in.
He will use those circumstances to reveal himself to you. He will reveal his mercy and grace to you.
You will learn that his grace is sufficient. Through it all, you will learn to trust him and lean on Him.
He will reveal to our souls that nothing of spiritual value is ever lost. When we are in difficulty
experiences, it seems like the time slows down to a crawl, as we painfully struggle through the days
and nights. But all experiences have an ending just like they have a beginning. The night might be
dark, but joy comes in the morning.
Finally there is the individual who is so overwhelmed by the darkness of life the she fears she may
never see the light of life. One thing after another happened and she could just not get her bearings.
She said she continued to pray but wondered at times if God was with her. She lost her home, her
job, and was smothered by the darkness of life. But she was finally delivered from that darkness of
life and ushered into the light of light where she found those truths that the heavenly Father was
trying to show us. It was through these very experiences that the heavenly Father was using to reveal
himself to her. The Father leads us through the experiences of life, not around them. Happy is the
soul that finds the Lord Jesus Christ and experiences His goodness.
This knowledge of Jesus is to be had as the result of spiritual living. The knowledge of Jesus is
knowledge of his character. And it is imparted by making us like he is, Godlike. This transmission
of Godlike qualities to our souls can only be had by living. The character of Jesus functions not only
in the sunshine of life which we so dearly love, but also functions when we are walking along the
troublous highways of life. As our human character are exposed to these sometimes despairing and
painful experiences, our character strains under the impact, and we feel inadequate to carry the
weigh, so we pray to God for help. And this help is forthcoming not so much in the form of material
delivery, as experiences must run their course, but in the form of the very divine character trait that
is needed to transform us into the image of His Son, Jesus.
If we are deficient in patience, then forthwith will life present us with those stimuli that call for
patience in our character. And so it is with the other divine traits. We may not get the most out of
the experience, because we will not submit to the divine will, that is submit to the experience with
faith and hope, but we certainly get the opportunity to evolve those Godlike traits that are needed for
the experience. In this way as we run the gamut of life experiences, Jesus is able to transform our
human natures in to divine natures. It is because we fail to recognize and realize the purpose of life’s
struggles, that prevents us from recognizing Jesus as the highest revelation of the Father.
When the Father through His Son, Jesus took on the form of a human, he became human in the true
sense of the word. He went through all the ups and downs we go through on this world. He struggled,
suffered., experienced disappointment and tragedy. He acquired knowledge, prayed sometimes with
strong feelings and tears.
But he was not rescued from any experience. Each experience ran its course. And just like you and
I, Jesus went through the experiences not around them, and as it did it evolved those perfected
qualities that were the counterpart of the perfect divine qualities. And today he repeats the same
thing in each human experience seeking to perfect his children. The Father is reasonable; He can
be understood, and he can be known. The only thing that remains for us to do is to accept Jesus as
the revelation of the Father, and recognize and realize that this is the way, (the way of Jesus, the way
that Father behaves when He is in human form). The Father is all powerful but He does not use his
power to defeat his own purposes which is what he would do if led us around experiences rather than
through them. This would defeat the whole perfection scheme which he has sat into motion when
he commanded mortal man to be perfect even as He is perfect. It is the traversal of these experiences
that actualizes the potential of our spiritual nature. By submitting to the Father’s will, we can become
adorable, even perfect.
This concludes today's message on the meaning of the nature of the knowledge of Jesus. We hope
you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.