Everybody agrees with the popular phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Believers would be wise to rely on a new phrase that says, “It’s not who you know, but who knows you.”
We spend a lot of time watching and talking about people who do not know us or know what our name is. We love to talk about athletes, singers, politicians and etc. Take me for example. I am a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I love to talk about them. I love to watch them and I love to read about them. When I was living in Dallas during the 80’s I was friends with some of the Cowboys players and I spent much time in their homes. But today, no one in the Dallas Cowboys organization have any idea as to what my name is. But yet, I’ll admit, I spend too much time keeping up with them.
There is a very familiar passage of scripture found in John chapter 20. The passage talks about a woman named Mary Magdalene. She was a Jewish woman from a town called Magdala. She was a woman of ill-rupte, which means she had a bad reputation. She was a well-known prostitute and she was possessed with seven demons. Her sinful ways allowed her to become a very wealthy woman. But when she met Jesus, He delivered her and cast out all seven of her demons. And from that moment she followed Jesus. As a matter of fact, Luke 8:2 informs us that she became a leader of the women who followed Jesus and she ministered unto Jesus with her substance.
John chapter 20 focuses on the Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead. Mary Magdalene, along with some other women got up early Sunday morning, before sunrise to go to the tomb where Jesus had been laid. When they got there they saw that the stone securing the tomb had been rolled away. Unbeknownst to them, the tomb had been rolled away by an angel of God which had the effect of sounding like an earthquake.
Upon arriving at the tomb and seeing the stone rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, Mary Magdalene was filled with fear and sorrow. She immediately ran away to Peter and John. She told them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb and we don’t know where they have taken Him.”
Peter and John responded by running to the tomb and upon arriving they looked in and saw that Jesus body was not in the tomb. They immediately ran to their individuals home out of sheer fear. But Mary remained afar off. While standing afar off, she was weeping and crying with great sorrow. Mary gathers enough courage to walk forward to the tomb and she looks inside the tomb. When she looked in, she saw two men sitting at the place where Jesus body was laid. The bible reveals, in other passages of scripture, the two men were actually angels from God.
The two men/angels sees Mary looking in and they ask her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Mary responds by telling them, “They have taken away my Lord and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Mary Magdalene then turns around to leave and there stood Jesus Christ. Jesus says to her, “Woman, why are you crying and who are you looking for?”
Mary thought Jesus was the gardener and she says, “Sir, if you have taken away his body, please tell me where you have laid him, so I can take him away.” Then Jesus said, “Mary.” When Jesus called her by her name, she immediately recognized and understood she was indeed looking at her Lord and Savior, face to face. She may have never known that, unless Jesus had called her by her name.
Every believer must know that the Lord knows your name and the significance of Him knowing your name.
Mary Magdalene had a bad reputation. The reputation stuck with many people even after she found Jesus. I would imagine that many continued to put her down all the time because of her past. I also have no doubt that many also doubted her sincerity of following Jesus. But Mary learned something very quickly. She knew that because the Lord knows my name, I don’t have to worry or be concerned about what other people say or think about me.
You should know as a believer, that because the Lord knows your name He will speak to you like He spoke to Mary. Not only will He speak to you, but because He knows your name, He will speak to your problems, situations and circumstances.
Because the Lord knows your name, He is able to mention you directly to His Father God as He intercedes on your behalf. Not only is He able to speak to God, but because He knows your name, He is able to tell the devil to specifically take his hands off you.
Because the Lord knows your name, unlike everybody else who knows your name, He is the only one who knows where you’ve been, where you are, and where you are going. Unlike everybody else, He knows who you really are and how you really think.
Every weapon formed against you will not prosper because the Lord knows your name. You are more than a conquer, because the Lord knows your name. You are blessed and highly favored because the Lord knows your name.
There is a song that we all love to sing that says, “Because He lives I can face tomorrow.” I submit to you that because the Lord knows your name, you can face tomorrow and all fear is gone!!!
Gilbert Owens is native of Roseboro and columnist for the Sampson Independent.