JUL/AUG 2014 



            Mr. Know-It-All has bad manners.  You start to say, “The Packers have a good chance to win it all this year because … .”  Mr. Know-It-All butts in, proclaiming loudly, “But they don’t have a good enough defense, and their offense has some weaknesses.”  You can’t have a normal conversation with Mr. Know-It-All.  He wants to interrupt every sentence.

We don’t like know-it-alls.  We appreciate people who will admit, “I don’t know.”  Yet we also want experts who will tell us, “This is what you need to do.”  We realize that one person cannot be an expert in every subject.  Nobody can know it all.  Nobody, except …

There is someone who does know it all!  Jesus’ disciple Peter said to Him, “Lord, you know all things” (John 21:17). 

Wasn’t Jesus a man just like us?  How could He know all things?  Peter understood.  Peter was talking to Jesus after His resurrection.  Can an ordinary person do that?  How could Jesus rise from the grave after the brutal treatment He endured?  Peter knew.  Jesus is true God and true man.  As God, He knows all things.

Does that comfort you or terrify you?  Peter felt terrified that Jesus knew he had denied Him three times.  Peter longed for comfort.  Jesus also knew how to forgive.  He knew His death paid for Peter’s sins.  Jesus truly knows every evil thought that comes from our hearts.  He knows every secret sin that burdens our conscience.  He has the knowledge that can damn us.

Jesus also knows that He has come to rescue us from that punishment.  We want to honor Jesus for His all-encompassing knowledge.  Thank God if you can say with Peter, “Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you” (John 21:17).

We invite you to gain more knowledge about your Savior as the calendar pages turn.  In summer, life slows down and flows at a more leisurely pace for many of us.  Use the remainder of summer’s slower pace wisely, include worship in your summer and explore God’s “knowing” love for you.  Make worship a priority on your summertime “to do” list.


Pastor James A. Castillo

Because I live, you also will live. ~ John 14:19