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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jesus Knows Your Name!

Sunday morning I taught the Pre-K and Kindergarten class about Zacchaeus. We went outside and sat in the shade to read the Bible story, then walked over to a big tree to talk about the story. (Luke 19:1-10) Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, but he was too short and couldn't see over the crowd. He quickly went and climbed up a tree to see Jesus. When Jesus came near, He looked up in the tree and said, "Zacchaeus, come down! I must go to your house today!"

How neat it is that Jesus knew Zacchaeus' name! Jesus didn't have to ask who was up in the tree...He knew! Jesus also knows your name. He knows my name. He knows about our trials and struggles. He knows about our hopes and dreams. He even knows how many hairs are on our head as we are as Matthew 10:30 tells us(and for me, since I'm constantly plucking out the gray, that number changes quite often!).

Tonight in our family devotional, we read the story of the woman at the well (John 4:10-12). Jesus also knew all about her. He knew she had had five husbands, and he knew that the man she was living with at that time was not a husband. This woman really didn't want Jesus to know all about her so she quickly changed the subject! But Jesus wasn't trying to condemn the woman. He wanted to save her. She didn't have to hide anything because Jesus could see everything about her....and He loved her anyway.

Isn't it comforting to know that Jesus knows about each of us? He knows because He cares. He cares because He loves us. And, He loves us enough that He gave His life for us.

I'm glad Jesus knows my name! Aren't you glad He knows yours, too?

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