09 May 2016
I AM – The Way, the Truth, and the Life - Way
Greetings Dear Reader,
“Jesus answered him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.’”
Thomas has just expressed his anxiety that he does not know the way to the Father’s kingdom. Were the kingdom something that could be earned or merited Jesus has prime opportunity to say so. Instead he makes it clear that he is the way.
Once again I realize it is not popular to say this but Jesus says that no one comes to the Father except through him. A friend once flippantly expressed this question, “What if I do not want to get to the Father?”” I will never be a “hell-fire and brimstone” person. Instead I see that Jesus does not force people to accept him.
It seems that if one does not follow Christ then he will not demand that one to be with him. He gives us what we desire. He does not promise satisfaction in this but makes it clear that through him is the way to the Father. It is the way to all that the Father offers.
It is popular to say that all faiths are the same. It is dishonest to say that Jesus does not say he is the only way. We cannot water this down and be honest. We must also say it with humility. It is not a weapon. It is a humble offer to provide a way out of the fallenness of the world.
John will write later that if we say we are not fallen that we lie and that we do not know the truth. That is what we will ponder tomorrow. Today I must assure that my following is only focused on Jesus.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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