Archive for August 31st, 2010

John 14:1-10

John 14 is a powerful chapter.  It begins with a directive and contains many more that are central to our walk with Jesus.  “Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in me”.  Jesus is giving the disciples some last minute coaching during the next few chapters in the book of John.  He is preparing them to take over the ministry they have been doing together the last three years, and is passing the baton to the guys who will lead the charge after His death.  These are important chapters.  His first instruction is not to allow the circumstances of the day drive them off course.  When things go differently than we expect, often we drive into the weeds and lose the basic foundation we have been connected to.  The chaos of the day causes us to take a turn away from God.  But Jesus is telling them to stay the course.  When things are difficult – that is when faith has to kick into another gear and take over.  We need to believe.  We need to hang on to the Lord.  He assures us that He has not forgotten us – “I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also”.  There is a promise we need to cling to.  Jesus never takes His eye off us as His followers.  He has executed God’s plan and prepared a place for us.  He will come again to bring us to that place so we can be with Him.  That is a promise.  Jesus is always thinking of us.  Are you troubled?  Or worried?  Or living in fear?  Jesus is the answer.  Faith is how we overcome those things.  We need to believe and trust Him.  He is in control.

Verse six contains the words that are some of the most important in all of scripture.  Many people believe that all roads lead to God.  After all, following Jesus is just one path to heaven isn’t it?  Absolutely not.  Jesus is extremely clear in what He tells us: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me”.  There are lots of folks saying things that are absolutely not in line with scripture about how we get to God.  Jesus is clear – He is the only path that leads there.  Period, end of discussion.  There are not multiple paths.  All religions don’t end up the same place.  Only being a Christ Follower and being obedient to His direction and believing in Him will take us to the Father.  We can wish for lots of other options, but there are none.  Jesus is the way – the only way.  Now many say that just isn’t fair, it can’t be right, it is too limiting or a host of other reasons why they want it different.  But it isn’t different.  It never has been, nor never will be.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  He is our only path to God.  Is it too harsh?  Not really.  God has made the path pretty simple actually.  It takes a simple act of faith to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord by repentance and taking that gift of grace.  It actually is about as easy as it could possibly be.  Becoming a Christ Follower is not a long list of things we must accomplish. Jesus already did all those things.  What is left for us is to accept God’s offer and gift.  But it does mean we give over control of our life to the Savior.  It means we put Him on the throne and spend the rest of our days walking with Him to become like Him.  Wonder if this is all true.  Jesus tells us this is not just His idea: “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works”.  This is God’s plan.  It is the way it is because God put this in place as His plan to save us – a bunch of sinners bound for destruction.  Are you on the path to God through faith in Jesus?  If not, it is time to get on that path.  He is the way, the only way.  Don’t miss the road!

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