The Mission: Week 1 - Day 3

OPENING PRAYER: 

God, we thank you for sending Jesus. Help us to meditate on and appreciate that through Jesus we have been given so much. The big questions we have in life find their answer in your son, Jesus, the great “I am”.

READ: John 14:6-7 NIV

“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.’”

REFLECT: 

This verse really throws down the gauntlet. In a pluralistic society, like the one we live in, this verse can be off-putting and downright offensive to some. Many these days are saying that all roads lead to heaven and that all religions essentially teach the same thing. Jesus declares otherwise in verse 6 and his declaration is both bold and exclusive. Jesus is making three ultimate claims that should be considered by all who read this verse. He claims that he is the only way to God and Salvation, he is the embodiment and focus of truth and he is the source of life. If true, anyone who chooses other than Jesus is forfeiting a great deal.  For those who choose Jesus, there is a great deal to be gained.

Perhaps the least considered of the three claims is Jesus claim to be the life. John 10:10 (NIV) says that “Jesus came to give life and life to the full.” It is only through following Jesus, understanding who he was and what he did that we experience life the way it was meant to be. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit who continues the work that he began on earth and enables us to live this life that he speaks of. When we look around, the reality is that lots of Christians just don’t seem to be living life to the full, they are stressed, tired, worried and irritated. If we aren’t experiencing this life to the full that Jesus speaks of, then we are missing out on some of what God has for us.

APPLY: 

Have you decided that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, or is Jesus just a way, a truth and a life? Jesus doesn’t mince words in the passage above. For those of us who are followers of Jesus he is to occupy a place of eminence and exclusivity in our lives. It is easy for us to add on to or minimize Jesus in our lives.  We like some truths of the Bible but not others. We like Jesus, but we wouldn’t mind having a say in things occasionally. Search your heart and identify those areas that have not been fully surrendered to his way, his truth and his life.

 

You may be asking what exactly does “life to the full” look like. If it is the Holy Spirit that empowers to live the life that Jesus desires for us, then I think we can get some idea of what life should look like from looking at the fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV). This fruit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” If your life is not marked by these things, then you are missing something.  Either you aren’t giving Jesus a place of exclusivity and eminence in your life or you are trying to manifest the fruit of the spirit in your own power opposed to the power of the Holy Spirit. In the book of John, Jesus makes several “I am” proclamations, will you bow the knee and acknowledge, “He is!”

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, we thank you that through Jesus we are given all that we could ever ask for. May your word confront those areas of our lives where you are not the way, the truth, and the life; but one of many. May we be drawn to Jesus and take hold of the life that is truly life.

Terry Schneider