Day 10: Making Him Known

Read: Start by reading John 1:18 out loud a few times. 

“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18 NIV).

Meditate: The gospel accounts, including John, change how men approach God because of the life of Jesus. Judaism pointed men to the law. The books in the Pentateuch gave men ways to receive forgiveness of sin through sacrifices, but to see God was not an option. Yet Jesus came to make Him known. Think about it: don’t we prefer to do something ourselves in order to receive forgiveness of our sins?

Read John 1:18 again.


“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18 NIV).

This pivotal point in history can be summarized in John 1:18. It explains that Jesus is the Son of God, and the Son is making God known. It is a mystery to us, but it is a statement we must believe by faith.

Read John 1:18 again.

This message, simply stated in John, points to a stumbling block for the Jewish nation. They believe in the law. They believe in God, but most of them refuse to believe that Jesus is the one and only Son of God. They will not accept Him as Messiah, even though they were foretold that the Messiah would come.

Read John 1:18 again.

The statement we, too, must wrestle with is whether or not we truly believe that Christ is The Way to know God. 

Like most good Jews of his day, Saul wanted to destroy what he saw as heresy. He did not accept that Jesus was the Son of God. Yet all that changed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1–16). Jesus planned for Saul to become Paul and to explain the message of salvation to the Jews, but first, Saul had to be changed. He had to know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

We are no different. If we are to fulfill the purpose God has for us, we’ll eventually have to come to the same realization that Saul came to. He had to know Who Jesus was in order to make Him known.

Notice: Think carefully about your own point of salvation. Notice how Jesus wooed you to Himself. At what point did you know for certain that Jesus is the Son of God? How will you also make Him known?

Pray: Each time you pass a church steeple, pray that God will empower you, like Paul, to make Him known. Simply doing good deeds without making Him known through your words is not enough. To grow in Christ means that we are not ashamed to make Him known (Rom. 1:16). Pray that God will show you how to make Him known today.