Pastor's Corner: What do you know for sure?
| September 16, 2022 1:15 AM
During my first year as a college student, a fellow student from my chemistry class would always greet me when we walked past one another on campus with the question, “What do you know for sure?”
A hymn I learned a few years later gives the hymn-writer's take on the answer to that question. She wrote:
I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know at His right hand
Is one who is my Saviour!
I take Him at His word indeed:
“Christ died for sinners,” this I read;
And in my heart, I find a need
Of Him to be my Saviour!
That He should leave His home on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I
Before I knew my Saviour!
And was there then no other way
For Him to take? I cannot say.
I only bless him day by day
Who died to be my Saviour!
Yes, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace, from this spring;
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Saviour!
- Dora Greenwell, 1873
It has been argued that nobody knows anything for sure, but I am sure that nobody knows that for sure. The Apostle Paul wrote that in following Jesus he had lost everything he once held dear, but added “I consider everything a loss for the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord...I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings...” (Philippians 3:8-10, NIV) Paul thought it possible to know Jesus for sure.
Who am I to argue with Paul, especially since my whole life has taught me the same thing? So, I ask you, what do you know for sure?