Saturday, December 6, 2014

7th Day of Advent: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and The Life

Jesus answered them, "I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." 
John 14:6

Here's the background of this verse: Jesus is spending His last free moments with is trusted friends and disciples here on Earth.  He is trying to explain to them what is going to happen in only a few short hours.  However, they can't ever imagine the plan that has been set into motion.  I also believe that they weren't ready to understand the plan yet.  God would reveal the full completion of His plan to each disciple individually over the next 40 days.  Therefore, for each disciple in their own way learned and understood the Plan well enough to tell others. 

Those are three powerful words that Jesus uses in this statement.  I have already touched on Jesus being The Life.  But the other two are sooo wonderful to explore.  Jesus is saying He is the way to His Father.  No one can have a relationship with God unless they go through Jesus first.  Maybe this is a statement you have heard and learned before.  Do you know why?  God is holy which means He cannot be near sin.  We are sinners, so basically God can't be near us.  That is why there were animal sacrifices in the Old Testament. 

"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." Hebrews 9:22 God set up His law, that everything needed to be cleansed in blood.  When Jesus died on the cross, He shed His blood for us and now we are clean.  So the Way to the Father is accepting that Jesus has cleansed you and offered you forgiveness.  

Jesus is also Truth because He is the Word! He is the human form of God's word and teachings.  Since God cannot be near sin, He doesn't lie.  Since Jesus is God and divine, He also be near sin.  Which means He will never lie.  Jesus' words and teachings are just as true Today as their were the day He spoke them to His disciples.  Isn't that amazing!  The same words He used to explain everything to His friends, you can read in your bible!! 

This is way I want to learn Greek so that I can read the words that the disciples actually heard and wrote about.  I think for the most part, Jesus spoke Hebrew to the disciples but they recorded most of the books into Greek and Latin for the Gentile world. 

So how can you make the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life into your daily life?  Will you study the scriptures so you can understand this truth more?  Can you tell others?  Who do you want to tell?  

With His Love,

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