Are you open to the idea of a Father, a heavenly Father, who knows you? A soon-to-be home that awaits you? Would you consider this life-changing idea: the all-mighty and all-knowing God has set his affection on you? Every detail about you he knows. Your interests, your hang-ups. Your fears and failures. He knows you.
About his children God says, “The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought” (1 Chronicles 28:9). He regards you as “the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2:8). He can “empathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,” King David wrote, “You knew my path” (Psalm 142:3 nkjv). “He knows the way that I take,” declared Job (Job 23:10). Do you know this God who knows you? He knows your name. And he can’t wait to get you home.
This is the ever-recurring, soul-lifting message of heaven. “The Lord delights in you” (Isaiah 62:4 nkjv). “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1 nkjv). “I have written your name on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16 nlt).
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 147:11 nkjv). “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand” (Psalm 37:23–24 nlt).
Do such words surprise you? Where did we get this idea of a God who does not care, who is not near? We certainly didn’t get it from Jesus. Jesus Christ is the perfect picture of God. Want to know how God feels about the sick? Look at Jesus. What angers God? Look at Jesus. Does God ever give up on people? Does he stand up for people? Find the answer in Jesus. “The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of [our awesome] God . . . and the exact representation and perfect imprint of His [Father’s] essence” (Hebrews 1:3 amp).
The purpose of this study is simple: to get to know Jesus. You will study who Jesus was while he walked on this earth and what that means for your life today. In doing this, you will get to know God, his purpose for you, and his love for you like you never have before. The Son is the radiance of his Father. Are you ready to meet him?
Watch the first full session below and learn more about the full study here.
Since entering the ministry in 1978, Max Lucado has served churches in Miami, Florida; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and San Antonio, Texas. He currently serves as Teaching Minister of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He is America’s bestselling inspirational author with more than 140 million products in print. Visit his website at MaxLucado.com