Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not
     known Me?

     — John 14:9

These words are not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus
is leading Philip on. The last One with whom we get intimate is
Jesus. Before Pentecost the disciples knew Jesus as the One Who gave
them power to conquer demons and to bring about a revival (see Luke
10:18-20). It was a wonderful intimacy, but there was a much closer
intimacy to come – ""I have called you friends."" Friendship is rare on
earth. It means identity in thought and heart and spirit. The whole
discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest
relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His
word, but do we know Him?

Jesus said, ""It is expedient for you that I go away"" – in that
relationship, so that He might lead them on. It is a joy to Jesus
when a disciple takes time to step more intimately with Him. Fruit
bearing is always mentioned as the manifestation of an intimate union
with Jesus Christ (John 15:1-4).

When once we get intimate with Jesus we are never lonely, we never
need sympathy, we can pour out all the time without being pathetic.
The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of
himself, but only the impression that Jesus is having unhindered way,
because the last abyss of his nature has been satisfied by Jesus.
only impression left by such a life is that of the strong calm sanity
that Our Lord gives to those who are intimate with Him.

On this day...

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