For many years, I didn't know that Jesus. A serious lack of understanding and an unhealthy fear of God in general, prevented me from feeling personally connected and emotionally attached to Jesus, the son of God and the son of man. He wasn't a part of my intimate circle of loved ones. Indeed, he should have been at the very center of that circle.
This one-on-one connection with Jesus is at the heart of the eternal plan. It's not just an interesting bit of theology, a passing fancy, a fad or something we might tire of. The Jesus personage of the Triune God came, with indescribable humility and sacrifice as a human to this earth to make it possible for the common and the supernatural to come together in unimaginable union. He came to us so that we might easily identify with him and know who God is. If we interject ourselves into the life stories of our Lord, sitting silently in the corner and listening to him talk, watching him interact with women, children, the sick, the cast-offs, following the crowds as he healed and lifted up, he will become increasingly real to us. Jesus himself tells us to know him and the One who sent him is eternal life (John 17:3).
And that's why I love to tell the story of Jesus and his love.