Scriptural Gem for September 2011

In John 1:29-34 we read: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One."
It is very interesting that twice in this passage, John says that he never knew Jesus which is quite odd. John and Jesus were cousins and they certainly did know each other...A closer look at the word 'know' that John uses here sheds much light on the situation. In the New Testament there are several words for 'know'. One of them is 'Ginooskoo' which means 'To have information about'. This one appears in Matthew 24:32: 'Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near'.  
The word John uses in the passage above, is not this one. Instead, he uses the word 'Eidos'.  This word 'Eidos' literally means 'To experience the reality of'. So John is actually saying 'I had information about Him but I had not experienced the reality of Him'
How about us? Do we have information about Jesus, or do we have the reality of Jesus in our lives. Simply having information about Jesus - as many people do - is powerless. Unless we have the reality of Him and His power in us, we wil continue to be overcome by the power of sin in our lives - and it will show.