Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Am The Way, The Truth And The Life

Jesus answers important questions that have eternal consequences.


John 14:3-9  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going."

"No, we don't know, Lord," Thomas said. "We have no idea where You are going, so how can we know the way?"

Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.  If you had really known Me, you would know who My Father is. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him!"

Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied."

Jesus replied, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don't know who I am? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father! So why are you asking Me to show Him to you?

This post jumps right into Jesus' classroom, he has been teaching his disciples their final lessons before his death, these lessons will have to sustain these guys through the dark days ahead. The disciples have already had their world turned sideways and their perspective on the Messiah has been challenged, they have more questions and doubts than ever.

The beginning of John 14 is a very popular portion of scripture and with good reason. this may be the climax of everything that Jesus has taught them in the past three years, some of life's most important questions are answered here.

Jesus told them in the previous verses to not doubt him and don't be upset by what is about to happen. If they trust in God the Father then they can trust in the Son as well and then Jesus tells them that they have very good reasons to do so. (John 14:1-2)

I Am The Only Way To God

Jesus is going ahead of the disciples to get a place ready for them and he promises that when everything is ready he will come and get them. Thomas had to speak up and ask how they would know the way to where he is going, Thomas wants to get there so logic says that he needed to know more information.

Thomas didn't realize that the journey is a spiritual one, Jesus wasn't going to a physical location so getting there wasn't something that Thomas needed to do for himself, he didn't know that Jesus would come back and personally escort him there when it is time.

I Am The Only Source Of Truth

What is truth? The question that Pilate asked during Jesus' trial is an important one for each of us to answer. Some say truth is a power trip used by some to control the masses, to some, truth is subjective and based on preference or opinion, others believe truth is a popular consensus created by the culture.
Truth is far more than facts. It’s not just something we act upon. It acts upon us. We can’t change the truth, but the truth can change us. It sanctifies (sets us apart) from the falsehoods woven into our sin natures.
Absolute truth is unpopular and inconvenient, absolute truth is demanding, you don't get to decide what is right. If something is absolutely wrong then your only decision is whether you are going to do right or do wrong. I don't get to redefine what absolute truth is going to be. Our society and the church has distorted the truth of scripture and adopted new teachings on social issues but God hasn't changed his mind.

I Am The Only Giver Of Eternal Life 

Death has been defeated and my faith gives me peace and joy! If the only thing you did was believe on Jesus so that you won’t go to hell, then you are missing out on the everlasting life the Lord wants to have with you right now. Eternal life is not just a destination to go to after you leave this world, it is also a relationship to be enjoyed now, it is a relationship that begins in this world that keeps on growing until we experience it eternally in heaven.

My relationship with God should grow closer and closer while I am here even though it can never become what it will be when I am in his presence without my sin nature and the cares of this world getting in the way.
The Promise From God
Galatians 3:16-17, 29  God gave the promises to Abraham and his child. And notice that the Scripture doesn't say "to his children, " as if it meant many descendants. Rather, it says "to His child"--and that, of course, means Christ.

17  This is what I am trying to say: The agreement God made with Abraham could not be canceled 430 years later when God gave the law to Moses. God would be breaking His promise.

29  And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God's promise to Abraham belongs to you.
God's promise to Abraham is still in the process of being fully realized, the promise that through the Messiah all of the true descendants of Abraham would be blessed, Jesus has begun the work that will be completed in each of us when we cheat the grave and arrive in the presence of God the Father.

I am so unworthy and completely undeserving of the promise that God made to Abraham, just as Abraham didn't do anything to gain the approval of God, I am at least as bad as he was. 

God's Promises - Psalm 12:6, 71:22, 91:4, 119:140, 145:13

Eternal Life In John's Gospel - John 1:29, 36, 3:14-16, 5:25-25, 10:9, 10:17–18, 11:25, 14:9, 19

I have a place in my Father's house that he is preparing for me. I don't have to figure out how to get there because he will personally escort me there! Thank you Lord for your amazing love that has prompted you to do so much for me.