Thursday, April 12, 2012

Way, Truth, Life? What?

And Jesus said to them, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6. This is a common verse, one we have all heard or read or seen at some point. But what does it mean? Today, as I was praying, these words started to pour out of me. I praised my Lord and Savior for being my “way”, my “truth” and my “life”. But I had never actually understood what He meant, at least not the full extent of His words which were spoken to His disciples. Today, I pondered and decided to dig for my treasure here in John.
Jesus tells His disciples in John 14:6 that He is “the way, the truth and the life.” But what did He mean by, “the way”?  “The Way”, in this context, means a course of conduct in our thinking, feeling and deciding. It also refers to “a traveled way”.  Basically, it means “the way in which we conduct our thinking, feeling and deciding.” Jesus Christ came to this earth to give us an example of how to live our lives. A few years ago there was a church that started the “What Would Jesus Do” movement, and it was good to begin with, but the world took it and made it into just another bumper sticker. The concept lost its meaning, because people didn’t understand the meaning behind it. Today, the Lord wants us to see and understand that He is “the way” and to follow Him we must always look to Him for our example. There are a million “ways” to follow in the world. We can follow the latest fashion, the latest celebrity, the latest and greatest diets, the latest Dr. and the latest best seller about living a happy life, but all of them will leave us empty and without hope. (I know, been on that path a few too many times)
When we make Jesus the “way” in our lives, we are saying to the world around us, “I have found a path that has been travelled before. I am going to follow this path because it leads me to the destination I was created for.” When we make Jesus the “way”, the “way” we think, feel and decide, the “way” we walk, we become who we were created to be. Who is that you ask? You were created to walk and to have a relationship with God the Father. He created humankind to be His personal and intimate friends. He placed us on this earth so that He and I could live together. But sin got in the “way”. It blocked our path, our road to God, so God had to send Jesus to clean the path from sin so that you could get back to God, our Creator, and your source of life.
Jesus also goes on to tell us that He is the “truth”. We all know what truth is, yet how often do we see it or hear it? Pilot asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) This is a question that is deep within our souls, our very beings. We are all searching for the “truth”. We live in a world full of lies and deceptions, everyday someone lies to us, someone tells us that “this is truth” only to find out it is not the whole truth but a fraction of truth lined with lies. We lie to ourselves and one another. When Jesus said, “I am..the truth” He was saying to us, “I am the truth of God in all its fullness, I am the truth of God in all His faithfulness and I am the true fulfillment of His promises.” There is no greater truth than this simple statement, “Jesus Christ came to save sinners.” You were never meant to live in a world of pain and hurt, of lies and deceit. You were created to live a life that is filled with the pure and undiluted knowledge of God the Father. But too many times we deny this simple truth because we are afraid, or we are so damaged by lies from the world that we can’t seem to break free from the deceit which binds us. Let us not be like Pilot, he was trapped in a world of lies and false power, he asked, “What is truth?” Jesus answers us today, “I am”.
The final word that Jesus gave us to describe Himself is, “life”. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, there is a life that you are living. It is either filled with death or it is filled with life. You have chosen that path for yourself. But today, you are given another chance, a chance to change direction and to turn onto another path. You are standing at a crossroads in your life, you know there is something missing from it, and you know there has to be more to it that what you currently are experiencing. I am here to testify and to encourage you that there is. The “life” that you seek is found only in Jesus Christ. There is no other life that can ever fill you, ever comfort you, ever lead you the way you desire to be led. You will search for it, and you will not find it, unless you seek this life through Jesus Christ. Jesus tells us today that the “life” that we were created to live was not only a life of breath and mobility, but a life of holiness and righteousness. We were not created to live in darkness, but we were created to live a life of hope, peace, comfort, joy and goodness. But we have to make the choice for ourselves. He will never force you to choose Him, He will only ask you to.  “It’s my life”, I hear so many times. But I say to you today, “no, it is not.” You were given life, you were given breath, and just as easily as it was given it can be taken away. The question is when this life is taken away, whom will you have followed whom will you have believed? Will you have followed the world and the lies, or will you have followed Jesus Christ who stands in Heaven and says, “I am the way, the truth and the life”? Remember, the way that you choose determines the way that you will live, and die, and spend eternity. The choice is yours, you choose.