“Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, ‘You are Simon, the son of John – but you will be called Cephas’ (which means Peter).” (John 1:42)
“Nothing in all creation can hide from him. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes. This is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Do you think you can hide in the darkness, or behind closed doors without being seen? Most people think that they can hide their actions so that no one will know, even christians. We don’t want others to find out our flaws or to find out the wrongs we do. Yet, all this only leads to greater darkness or more secrets and in the end, nothing is hidden. All along they were known and they are seen by an amazing savior called Jesus.
Using a part of scripture from John, we can see this truth. We can also see how we should respond in order to receive the reward that will change our lives. For it is by exposing those things which lie in the dark first, putting them behind us and then, only then, can we receive this reward. If you have ever held a secret in the dark (which we all have), you will know it impossible for us to let go.
We cannot, unless someone comes along and helps us. Even our friends can only do so much, or our parents, husbands and wives, or even strangers. Jesus however, the Son of Man who knows all things and holds them in His authority, is the one person who can help us.
Here, Jesus reveals that He knows what lies in the hearts of two men. First Simon, Andrew’s brother. Jesus takes one penetrating look and says, in simple terms, I know you! I know who you are, what you have done and what you are going to do. They had never met, but Jesus knew his name and that he was the ‘son of John’.
Second Nathanael, ‘a true son of Israel’. He got to Jesus, and was told ‘I could see you under the fig tree’. Woooh! That’s not possible! Well, if ‘nothing in all creation can hide from him’, what exempts us? Everything, including us, ‘is naked and exposed before his eyes’. Perhaps we should think twice before we believe that what we are doing can be hidden.
We don’t see a response from Simon (Peter) in these verses, but we know from other scripture, that his response was to believe and follow Jesus. Listen to Nathanael’s response, ‘Teacher, you are the Son of God – the King of Israel!’ Why these responses? That is what people run from, what people reject. They reject the truth that could save them. For Jesus penetrates the heart, and reveals all. He shows us our every flaw, our every wrong. People are afraid of coming to the light, letting go of the world and letting Jesus show us the truth.
Here is the great thing, the part people miss. He does not stop at revealing all, but also gives us a perfect solution. When Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter, even after all He has seen, Jesus still has a purpose for Peter. This is revealed in what Jesus says to Nathanael, ‘You will see greater things than this, you will see heaven open’. Jesus said, ‘I assure you, anyone who believes in me already has eternal life, yes, I am the bread of life.’
So then, when we come and let Jesus expose all our wrongs, we believe in him and our reward will be escape from all the decadence and sin of the world. Not only that, but eternal life. A life with God Almighty, Lord of Lords.
So here lie the facts. You cannot hide from Jesus Christ. He knows you, everything that is wrong or right, even your darkest secrets. He brings us to the light by revealing Himself, the only solution and by showing us all our sins. When we respond by believing all that Jesus is and all that He has done, we receive a reward of eternal life. And remember, ‘this is the God to whom we must explain all that we have done’.