He Knows Our Name

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).

John 1:40-42

Throughout the New Testament, we see evidence that things started to “click” for the disciples. These light-bulb, “I get it now” moments came at unusual times and in varying degrees.

You have to remember, we are reading it after having the privilege of reading through it multiple times. This is playing out in real-time for them.

Faith was involved of course but so was being at the right place at the right time in order to exercise that faith.

And then Jesus does something remarkable, he tells Peter who he is and the new name he’ll be given and what it stands for. This is significant because up until then, neither of them kmew each other.

The simple point I’d like to make here is that even though we have never seen Jesus face to face, He knows our name. We may not be rich or famous or in high demand around the world, but He knows our name. He knows where we’ve been, what’s happened to us in our lives, where we lived, our aspiration and hopes, and He knows our name.

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