Jesus The Way To The Father

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Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 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 hi and have seen him. “                 Matthew 14:5-7

If you know what it feels like to lose your ticket for an important event or journey, you will know how embarrassing it is to explain what happened, and to ask to be allowed access because you did in fact pay for it. You will also know how frustrating it can be if the person in control will not under any circumstances give you permission without your ticket. But if someone you know arrives on the scene, and has the authority to tell the person to help you, you will probably think, “This is my lucky day!”

Christ is your “ticket” to the eternal and holy presence of the Father. Do you know Him as your “in”? There is, however, much more to what Jesus says in this verse. Jesus was emphasizing how He and the Father are one. They know and enjoy complete fellowship and unity with each other. For this reason, those who know Jesus and are given right of admission by Him, also have access to God the Father.

Jesus’ pronouncement raised many questions. But in fact everything is straightforward and easy to understand. It simply means, “Get to know Jesus. Stay with Jesus and always be “in” Jesus, as Paul puts it. As long as you have fellowship with Him, you will also have fellowship with the Father. Don’t look for inferior ways to find God, You find Him in Jesus and in Jesus only. So make Jesus your road to follow, acknowledge Him as the highest truth of the world and of life. Look for nothing bigger and more glorious than the life you find in Him, and He will lead you to the Father. 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Walking The Walk

Walking where Jesus walked.pngPerhaps no other symbol is more revealing of the journey of Christians through the season of Lent that a pair of Biblical sandals. Sandals speak of our journey through the promises, perils, and pitfalls of life that can only be authentically experienced through “Walking the Walk” of Jesus. To be sure, Jesus was the supreme, historical walker Biblical scholars have estimated that, during his 33 year lifetime, Jesus walked over 21,000 (400 miles from Egypt to Nazareth; 18,000 miles from Nazareth to Jerusalem and back-at least seventy-five times by age 30, and 3,125 miles during his 3 year public ministry, averaging 20-25 miles per day.) And then, of course, there was Jesus 40-day walk in the desert, where he was subjected to three Satanic temptations. All this walking was more that just physical exercise, it was instilling patience, persistence, and soul-sustaining endurance in the one, who in human and Divinely resurrected form, would be God’s eternal model of “the Truth, the Way, and the Life” for the world that followed him in time.

So, how do we-how can we-follow in the footsteps of Jesus during the forty days of the Lenten season? For one thing, we can symbolically emulate Jesus’s pre-ministry walk through the desert-fasting, praying, examining ourselves, and trying to cleanse ourselves of transgressions and wrongdoings that have been haunting us for the past year. Secondly, we can discipline ourselves, through our “walk” through the Lenten season, to focus our thoughts, prayers, and actions squarely on the two greatest commandments that Jesus professed: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself”  (Matthew 22:37-39) How rewarding it is for those who, on Easter Sunday, can affirm with great Joy and Certainty:

“I walked today where Jesus walked, and felt His presence there!”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

I AM THE WAY & THE TRUTH &THE LIFE

I AM THE WAY,& THE TRUTH & THE LIFE.pngThomas said to him, “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? 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 seen him.                    (John 14:6 NIV)

As we look to the sixth I AM statements of Jesus as well as reading chapter 14 we see that Jesus is telling his disciples not to let their hearts be trouble or afraid. I would say anyone would be afraid in knowing what is about to take place with Jesus being beaten and crucified for are sins. In spite of the difficult road Jesus was about to take he was still comforting his disciples. Some people in this world think they have it all figure out, but unless they except Jesus as their Lord and Savior they have been deceived. Jesus stating very clearly that He is the Way.

Jesus, through I AM statements, makes a clear case for His identity. He is the Bread of life, He is the Light of the world, and He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus can make these bold statements claims, I AM statement, because they are true. The predications about the Messiah in the Old Testament are fulfilled and proven true through Jesus.

Of all the I AM statements we’ve looked at, the Resurrection and the Life points more directly to our future hope for eternal life. Because Jesus tells us He is the only way, it is important for us to see how His life fulfillment of prophecy.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Walking With Jesus

lent-2Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John (which was also Jesus’ cousin) But John tried to deter him, saying. ” I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? Jesus replied, ” Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.       (Matthew 3:13-17 NIV)

One can honestly say that in Jesus’ three years of ministry that he did a lot of walking. Even before his ministry Jesus was tested in the wildness and was tempted by the devil. After forty days and forty nights he was hungry. No matter what the devil try to temp Jesus he would not break. At the end of those forty days, Jesus words to Satan! For it is written; Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.  After those forty days Jesus began to preach, as well as calling his first disciples to come and follow him. As Jesus was walking  beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen. Come and follow me Jesus said, and I will send you out to fish for people. At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, and they also drop their nets to follow Jesus. How many of us would do the same as these first disciples, dropping everything that we were doing to follow a man, ( however he was the Son of God) So over time Jesus called twelve men to be his disciples. He then called Philip and Nathanael to follow him as well as, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot the one who later would be known as a traitor. Over those three years these men spent a lot of time learning from Jesus and I am sure wondering who is this man who they all left everything behind in their own life to follow him. All this walking was more than just physical exercise, it was instilling patience, persistence and soul-sustaining endurance in the one, who was more than human, He was and is the Truth, the Way, and the Life for the world that will come to follow him in time. Can you image to be able to walk the very steps Jesus took, they were not easy ones at that. But to be able to hear the voice of the Risen Lord as he travels and teaching all who would listen about the one and only Awesome God, the Creator of the Universe, the one who ,loves you, yes you and me more than we can ever imagine, because we are his children.

Grace and peace to you my friends