Apart from Jesus Christ, we cannot know God. John reminds us that Jesus is God (1:1-3). Because of the cross of Christ, we now have access to the Father where before we were separated by sin. If not for Jesus, God would be unknowable.
When we gather together as God’s people, Jesus is our focus. Sometimes people have taken this to mean that when we meet on Sundays that our time is primarily vertical. That is, what we can offer Jesus. Certainly that is part of our time together, but it is also horizontal.
Much of what we do on Sunday morning can be done in our own homes. (It may be the only preaching that you can agree wholeheartedly with!) What we cannot have in our homes is the fellowship we enjoy with our church family sharing in the word of God together. And we are assured that Christ makes himself known in his word, and when his people gather together in his name.
A friend recently started a congregation whose “aim as a church is to know Jesus and make him known.” This is what the church is to be about: to put forth Jesus is to make God known.
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:18)
Lord, we pray that in our Sunday gatherings we would see Jesus. That those who do not know you would come to know you as Lord and Savior, and that those who do know you would grow in grace and be dedicated to greater service in your name. Amen.