I thought I knew Jesus when I started attending a Christian church after being born again. I would often say "I love Jesus Christ" because that was what believers were supposed to confess. And we regularly studied about him in the bible. This went on for years, starting 1980.
I became an associate pastor in 1983 and senior pastor in 1997. But in 1998, I met Jesus face to face. It was when I first really understood what it meant to say "I love Jesus Christ." I discovered that the Jesus in the bible could be so real, right there in front of you. He could actually step out of the bible pages and be real---touched, hugged. You could sit on his lap, rest your head on his shoulder. He was someone you could talk with, play and run and walk with, laugh with, sing with.
Now I have a problem--many people, even many Christians and pastors, cannot understand me. When my Jesus tells me new and strange things in the bible, and share these with others, they think I'm losing it. But now I understand why I have to count it all joy when I experience various trials. It makes me complete in the spirit, lacking nothing.