v6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
As I read in chapter 14 this week, his verse certainly jumped out to me today. Probably the most important verse in the bible so I wanted to break it down.
The disciples didn't understand what Jesus was talking about when He said He was going elsewhere. They didn't comprehend that He was talking about a transcendent place in a heaven- same as God. Thomas (who is know as a doubter) asked "how can we know the way to go along".
Jesus answered in a way that applied to them back then and applies to us right now. He answered in a way that requires faith (confidence that we hope for and the assurance of what we cannot see).
Jesus' answer "I am the way and the truth and the life".
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
God has designed us for specific purposes on earth. He knows the design for each one of us-after all He is our creator. He has instilled gifts, talents and passions that I believe are given to us for His glory. I've tried and tried to do things my own way in life. I've tried to make my own ways at times only to lead me to depression, anxiety, and insecurity. He knows us personally and His ways are better than ours.
2 Timothy 2: 7 Consider what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all things
The more we get to know God through His word, the more truth, purpose and understanding is revealed to us.
My 40th year was some what of a time of trials. A friend gave me a truth that I held tightly in hope to. A verse that I adopted as my verse of 2016. I had never done that until this year.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
The follow up verse 21 is "to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen".
If we trust in Him, when He comes through, we give Him the glory! He is doing more than I could ask imagine in my life.
His truths are so important because naturally we have continual lies and negativity that we feed ourselves. We need these truths in His love to absorb and believe rather than buying into all of the garbage we can tell ourselves (fears, insecurities, unworthiness, etc.)
John 3:16 God, our creator gives us life and purpose here on earth but also an eternity with Him. I've heard it said that this temporary home is just practice and preparation for Heaven and that we are to share Him while here. He is the life because when we draw towards Him, we can become more like Him in His goodness of love, mercy, grace, kindness, goodness, self-control, peace, joy, patience, forbearance. Don't we all want and need that?
The second part of this verse 6: No one comes to the Father except through me.
We have to believe in God that came to earth as a person through Jesus.
This is why I believe in only one God- God the Father of Jesus, son and savior. What other God came as humbly (came to serve). He was born humbly and died humbly. What other God sends a physical person to be such an example? What other God sends their physical,person in the form of their own son to take place of our penalty for sin? What other God demonstrates such love (and all of the other fruits in righteousness)?
He is the way, the truth and life and I'm doing my best to stick to it!