VIDEO He is … the Way, the Truth, and the Life

 

“I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” – What Jesus Really Meant

Jason Soroskijasonsoroski.wordpress.com

"I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - What Jesus Really Meant

Many of us are familiar with John 14, where Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  But what did that saying really mean for them, and what does it mean for us?

This conversation happens on the last night before the crucifixion, during the Passover meal.  Before this, Jesus had washed the disciple’s feet, predicted his betrayal by Judas, predicted his denial by Peter, and told the disciples he would soon be going away (John 13).  All of this prompted questions about where Jesus was going, and why it was that they couldn’t follow with him:

John 14

“‘And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (emphasis added)

By using this phrase, Jesus is establishing that knowing Him is not only the ultimate meaning and fulfillment of life on earth, but the only way to really know the Father in heaven.

I Am the Way

As Jesus tells his disciples that he is the way, there are multiple meanings involved.

First off, he addresses our very human instinct to know where we are going before we start a journey.  The disciples wanted to know the next step, the next turn, the ultimate destination of where this journey in faith would lead them.  When we have a long trip ahead of us, we want to turn on our GPS and get an idea of how long it will take and the roads we will travel on to get there.  We determine the best, fastest routes and then start our journey.  Thomas was looking for the same kind of information.

However, Jesus makes it clear that they (or we) won’t know the defined way we are supposed to travel in life.  We are instead tasked with simply knowing and trusting in Jesus daily, and walking in faith that HE is the way.  When we abide in him, we will not know a defined course, but we can rest in the comfort of faith – that he will lead us exactly where we need to go as we walk in him.

This leads to the second meaning.  In John 10, Jesus compared himself to a good shepherd:

 “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (emphasis added)

Jesus is comparing himself to a shepherd and us to his sheep. Sheep don’t choose their own path to safety and protection, but rely on the shepherd to guard and care for them.  In order to be safe, we have to trust the shepherd, and not wander off on our own adventures and try to find out own way.  That will lead us to danger and pain.  But when we follow Jesus, he leads us to exactly where we need to be.

Finally, he is making clear that he is the way to the Father, and by extension, to heaven.  He says that he goes to prepare a place for us, and this suggests that after we have completed the journey of this life, we will find ourselves in a place of rest where the Father is.

I Am the Truth

What is truth? And how can we know truth?

After Jesus had been arrested, He found Himself standing before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. He had been accused of blasphemy, of stirring up the people to revolution, and it was rumored He called Himself a King. In speaking to Him, Pilate found no evidence of any crime worthy of death, but was fascinated by His talk of a Kingdom that was “not of this world” (John 18:36).

Pushing back on the idea of whether this lowly carpenter from Galilee truly considered Himself to be some kind of King, Jesus replies, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Pilate’s response comes in the form of a question, the same question that humanity has been asking for centuries, the same response to Jesus that keeps so many from faith: “Pilate said to him, ‘What is truth?'”

Jesus answered this question in John 14 with the disciples when he tells them “I am the truth”.  Jesus can testify to the truth and teach the truth because he himself is that truth.  In him there is nothing false, nothing misleading, and nothing fake or uncertain.

Each of us are capable of knowing truth, but none of us can claim to actually be truth.  There are too many things we don’t know, and too many things we get wrong throughout our lives. Yet Jesus claims to be truth, and in doing so claims to be one with God.

The words of John 1:1 set the stage for this very fact: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In this one sentence, John is proclaiming Jesus as ‘the Word’, which would have suggested that he is the beginning and culmination of all that has been true throughout eternity, and that to seek the truth ultimately leads us to seek him.

When we seek to figure out what is the truth and what is a lie, we can measure it against the words of Jesus, who himself is the truth.

I Am the Life

This saying also draws us back to the shepherd analogy of John 10:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. … “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (emphasis added)

Here Jesus is not only painting a picture of how he defends and leads his sheep, but also foreshadowing his death on the cross.

But if this is true, why do Christians still struggle in life?  Why do we still endure pain and heartache?

Because this life is not the point.

This life is not our ultimate goal and does not encompass the entirety of who we are.  This life is a mere drop in the ocean of eternity and serves as the starting block on the marathon that leads us to our goal of eternal life.  We can slow it down, we can spend time money and energy working to fight against it, but we can’t stop it from marching forward.

Jesus is teaching us that what we are to really be concerned with is not this life, but with eternal life.  The Scriptures speak often of the life to come after our life on this earth, and as we follow the voice of our shepherd, we can grasp what that eternal life is in the here and now. We can live this life in such a way that we are not chasing things that don’t last but chasing the things that do last and have eternal significance. This type of life has eternal impact not only for us but for untold others around us.

When Jesus refers to himself as the way, the truth, and the life, he is giving us a better way to live our lives through him. He is showing us that through following him daily in faith, he will lead us to a better, richer, more meaningful life than we could ever find on our own.


Jason Soroski is a homeschool dad and author of A Journey to Bethlehem: Inspiring Thoughts for Christmas and Hope for the New Year. He serves as worship pastor at Calvary Longmont in Colorado and spends his weekends exploring the Rocky Mountains with his family. Connect on TwitterInstagramor at JasonSoroski.net.

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Jun 8, 2014

Eric Ludy – He is (The Names of God)

This short film was built for the sole purpose of exalting Jesus Christ and showcasing His majesty. This is a group of ordinary people declaring the many names of God as are revealed in progression throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The result is anything but “ordinary”.

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Be The Right Kind of Help

The Right Kind of Help

Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is an absurdity and there is absolutely no need for it. What the world needs is not “a little bit of love,” but major surgery.

When you find yourself face to face with a person who is spiritually lost, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the cross. If that person can get to God in any other way, then the Cross of Christ is unnecessary. If you think you are helping lost people with your sympathy and understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You must have a right-standing relationship with Him yourself, and pour your life out in helping others in His way— not in a human way that ignores God. The theme of the world’s religion today is to serve in a pleasant, non-confrontational manner.

But our only priority must be to present Jesus Christ crucified— to lift Him up all the time (see 1 Corinthians 2:2). Every belief that is not firmly rooted in the Cross of Christ will lead people astray. If the worker himself believes in Jesus Christ and is trusting in the reality of redemption, his words will be compelling to others. What is extremely important is for the worker’s simple relationship with Jesus Christ to be strong and growing. His usefulness to God depends on that, and that alone.

The calling of a New Testament worker is to expose sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Savior. Consequently, he cannot always be charming and friendly, but must be willing to be stern to accomplish major surgery. We are sent by God to lift up Jesus Christ, not to give wonderfully beautiful speeches. We must be willing to examine others as deeply as God has examined us. We must also be sharply intent on sensing those Scripture passages that will drive the truth home, and then not be afraid to apply them.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The sympathy which is reverent with what it cannot understand is worth its weight in gold.  Baffled to Fight Better, 69 L

Believers’ Responsibility

Luke 3:22

As we saw yesterday, words are but one part of our communication. Now let’s look at two types of messages we should purposefully model for the kids in our life.

First, children need affirmation that they are loved, accepted, and competent—the very things we see the Father speaking about to His Son in today’s passage. We must give children a sense of security and belonging so they won’t look to unhealthy sources for acceptance. And the way we care and provide for them will help them grasp the heavenly Father’s love.

Second, children learn godliness when it is modeled. Reading Scripture aloud and sharing stories of the Lord’s involvement in our life are both important, but our everyday actions matter just as much. What we do should match what we say and testify about God’s love. For example, we can’t expect kids to understand the golden rule if we act with selfishness, arrogance, or insensitivity.

Modeling a godly life is often an intentional pursuit, like studying Scripture or serving as a family on a mission trip. It can also be as simple and unplanned as picking up a piece of trash on a neighbor’s lawn. But keep in mind that actions and words aren’t always perceived correctly. Check that the child’s understanding matches the message you hope to communicate.

Your words and actions teach lessons. Children need to know, beyond any doubt, that they’re treasured and capable, so be mindful about giving them the tools they need in order to follow Christ. Remember, God doesn’t expect perfection. He’ll guide the willing heart—and cover missteps with His grace.

Time To Be The Light In This Cultural Darkness

 

A.W. Tozer, once said, “When we become so tolerant that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness, we are not acting like Christians, we are acting like cowards.”

Ouch.

Today, the problem is not the presence of darkness. It’s the absence of light.

You don’t open a closet door and watch the darkness inside the closet fill the room. No, the light from the room fills the closet.

It’s just the nature of light.

So the only way darkness prevails in life and land is when the light is turned off.

“You are the light of the world.” That would be us, Christians. Jesus said that to Hisdisciples – not to a group of pagans.

If darkness is on the rise, there’s only one place to look – the Church.

Yet today, many Christians – especially leaders – are so afraid to speak clearly on the “hot-button issues,” as many call them, that people are being led into mental fog and spiritual darkness.

Isaiah 5 speaks to a time just like this Israel’s history, and he was abundantly clear with his words. Here are just a few verses, with connection to today:

“My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished. And their multitude is parched with thirst” (5:13).

We’ve rejected the knowledge of God because the people of God have failed to clearly show how God’s word applies to all of life – for human flourishing and national blessing. Because of this famine, people are hungry and thirsty for truth.

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness” (5:20).

This is spot on for today. The moral revolution has taken so much ground because of our silence on the issues that it’s now “hateful” and “bigoted” to say marriage is between a man and a woman, or to clearly talk about God’s moral standards at any level. It’s been flipped completely upside-down.

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes” (5:21).

We’ve got pundits and talking heads who completely reject God’s ways, and yet they think they’re so wise. It’s all we hear in the media. The problem is, without God’s wisdom being spoken clearly from His people – His leaders – the “wisdom” of the world will prevail. This only increases mental fog and spiritual darkness.

“For they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel” (5:24b).

Not only do we not want to hear about God’s moral standards, we despise them and make them out to be “hateful” and “discriminatory.” Religious freedom is now being positioned as the “right to discriminate.” Nothing could be further from the truth, yet so many of God’s people have simply disengaged here.

“If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; even the light is darkened by the clouds” (5:30b).

There it is, mental fog and spiritual darkness – it’s absolutely here today. So it’s time to shine the light – to be the light.

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear this his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20).

Shining the light exposes two things – your good works and the world’s evil deeds. We’re not in control of the exposing; God is. All we need to do is shine!

It’s time to be true, biblical Christians in this nation, not cultural cowards who bring on mental fog and spiritual darkness.

While we were writing this, David’s daughter took this picture in front of his house. She rushed it in to show him, not having a clue we were writing about being the light!

The light of God will always overcome the darkness!

by BENHAM BROTHERS 

 

Doing God’s Will

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

We urgently need a new kind of reformation throughout our Christian churches—a reformation that will cause us not only to accept the will of God but to actively seek it and adore it!…

The reformation we need now can best be described in terms of spiritual perfection—which reduced to its simplest form is no more and no less than doing the will of God! This would expose us all at the point of our need, no matter how sound we think we are in doctrine and no matter how great our reputations.

I long for the positive and genuine renewal which would come if the will of God could be totally accomplished in our lives. Everything that is unspiritual would flee, and all that is not Christlike would vanish, and all that is not according to the New Testament would be rejected….

Do we voluntarily and actively observe God’s commandments, making positive changes in our lives as God may indicate in order to bring the entire life into accord with the New Testament?   ITB089-090

Oh, Lord, “I long for the positive and genuine renewal which would come if the will of God could be totally accomplished in our lives.” Let it begin in me… today. Amen.

 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.—Romans 8:1.

 

It may be that recollections of the past hinder you, but you must reject them; anxious thoughts may arise, put them away; your faults seem to raise up a barrier, but no past faults can separate a loving heart from God.

H.L. Sidney Lear.

 

Do not scrutinize so closely whether you are doing much or little, ill or well, so long as what you do is not sinful, and that you are heartily seeking to do everything for God. Try as far as you can to do everything well, but when it is done do not think about it; try rather to think of what is to be done next. Go on simply in the Lord’s way, and do not torment yourself. We ought to hate our faults, but with a quiet, calm hatred, not pettishly and anxiously. We must learn to look patiently at them, and win through them the grace of self-abnegation and humility. Be constant and courageous, and rejoice that He has given you the will to be wholly His.

St. Francis De Sales.

 

Divine Light In Darkness

“For thou wilt light my candle.” Ps. 18:28

It may be that my soul sits in darkness; and if this be of a spiritual kind, no human power can bring me light. Blessed be God! He can enlighten my darkness, and at once light my candle. Even though I may be surrounded by a “darkness which might be felt,” yet He can break the gloom, and immediately make it bright around me.

The mercy is, that if He lights the candle none can blow it out, neither will it go out for lack of substance, nor burn out of itself through the lapse of hours. The lights which the Lord kindled in the beginning are shining still. The Lord’s lamps may need trimming, but He does not put them out.

Let me, then, like the nightingale, sing in the dark. Expectation shall furnish me with music, and hope shall pitch the tune. Soon I shall rejoice in a candle of God’s lighting. I am dull and dreary just now. Perhaps it is the weather, or bodily weakness, or the surprise of a sudden trouble; but whatever has made the darkness, it is God alone who will bring the light. My eyes are unto Him alone. I shall soon have the candles of the Lord shining about me; and, further on in His own good time, I shall be where they need no candle, neither light of the sun. Hallelujah!

 

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