Getting to Know Jesus

Getting to Know Jesus

I was 21 when I read from the Bible for the first time. Someone had suggested I read the Gospel of John first, but I knew so little about the Bible at the time that I didn’t understand the Gospels were four separate accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. So I started at what seemed the more logical place, at the beginning of the New Testament, with the Gospel of Matthew.

By the time I got to the Gospel of John, I was fascinated with Jesus. He had the perfect answer to every question and always knew exactly what to do. But more than that, He seemed to understand me and know exactly what I needed. His words were powerful and alive. He was alive! His words reached across nearly 2000 years and touched me in a way I had never experienced before. When I finally came to John 15:15—“I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you”—I felt He was speaking directly to me. Jesus called me His friend! I got so excited I couldn’t sit still. I wanted to tell the whole world.

I had prayed to receive Him as my Savior a few months before, but nothing much changed until I began reading His words with an open, receptive heart. His words were powerful and alive and, best of all, personal. And it got even better. Some time later, I discovered that Jesus still speaks directly and personally to His followers today, just as wonderfully as He spoke to His first disciples.

Hebrews 4:15 ESV / For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

John 3:16 ESV / For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 2:34 ESV / And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed


  1. Kelli Loper
    October 10, 2014, 8:55 am   /  Reply

    I was in my Teens when I first read the Bible, in Christian School, #The #Bible #Speaks Christian Church, Fellowship, Teen Ministry, Soul Winning, etc. I remember Alot of verses, and applying them,them to where I needed help mostly in my life, I even took notes. Now our church is called “Greater Grace Ministries “…. I now have a wonderful husband and 4 children. Also suffer from alot of mental health issues. If you have a prayer chain, please I ask of you, to put my 4 children on your prayer chain, they’re having a hard time believing in God…..I have 3 teenage Sons, ages, “”” 19, 18, &16… ” My daughter is 14, I’m pretty sure she believes in the Lord. I’m hoping that God will touch My Sons’ Hearst’s.

  2. Pamela
    September 13, 2016, 6:22 pm   /  Reply

    I started reading the bible around 9 or 10 years old. I started in the Old Testament and was fascinated by the struggles the people had but in awe on how God delivered his people and fearful after reading how he administered discipline to those who disobeyed him. I learn at an early age that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and have been walking in his wisdom since a child. Of course like any one I have battle with temptation as it comes to everyone so I do not want to paint a picture of perfection when we are all still a work in progress. Anywhoooo, When I got to the New Testament reading Jesus’ teachings I just fell in love with him and what he stood for. I remember reading about his death on the cross and later around Easter watching it on television. I was so heart broken that they killed God’s son and about how he suffered for the world and being a child at the time I cried all night about it……Crocodile tears, lol. I am so glad I gave my life to God in my youth. And because of my early years seeking him in his word walking with him has helped me throughout my adult years to reflect back on that child like faith when things get really tough in my life. Jesus does love the little children and I am on of those little children even though I am an adult. Thank you Shira for sharing this devotion! It led me to reflect back on my walk with God that began when I was child. I agree with the author that God still speaks to me and I can hear him. “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) God bless!!!

  3. William
    September 22, 2016, 3:00 am   /  Reply

    I am diving deep into the bible and I do understand and believe but I have and addiction and I can’t seem to knock it out I need help and I am trying to get it. I pray and Pray and will continue to pray.

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