I Am The Way, The Truth and The Life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”     – John 14:6

 

Far too many Christians do not fully realize the hope that we have in Christ. Casual Christians look at other belief systems and conclude that if it works for others that is OK, but they are Christians. It’s almost as if they think that any path of faith leads to God, but they have just chosen Christianity as their path.

 

Have you ever made an appointment to meet someone at a shopping mall at a particular store and they misunderstood and thought you were to meet at a different store? You then walked the mall for hours trying to find someone who was in an entirely different place. You may have done a lot of shopping along the way, and you may even have seen other friends to visit, but you didn’t find the friend you were supposed to meet.

 

That is also true of religion. We may be on a path of discovery and we may meet some wonderful people along the way; we may even find some wisdom and enlightenment, but in the end, if we haven’t found Christ we haven’t found the one who would actually guide us to God.

 

Jesus was spending his last evening before his trial giving some very important final instructions to his disciples. Among his teaching that evening was this; “I am the way, the truth and the life – there is no other way to God except through me.”

 

As beautiful, and filled with wisdom, other religious cultures may be they will not lead us to God. There is no other way to be birthed into the kingdom of God than through faith in Jesus as the Christ of God.

 

Judaism looks for a Messiah that has already come. Islam looks for a Messiah to redeem them. Buddhism looks to a succession of reincarnations that perfect one. Only Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

 

Truth and life are released to those who trust Jesus the Christ.

 

 

 

Prayer:  Lord, I pray that you will open the eyes of honest seekers so that they may see Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. Amen.

 

Principle: Judaism looks for a Messiah that has already come. Islam looks for a Messiah to redeem them. Buddhism looks to a succession of reincarnations that perfect one. Only Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

Affirmation: Jesus is the logos of God, the very truth of God made manifest among men. And, he is the way which leads to life. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. 

 

Reflection: Think about the analogy of meeting someone at a shopping mall. How do you see that relating to well intentioned people who are on a religious quest but never quite coming to the truth of Christ?

 

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