The scripture for today is John 14 verses 1-7.
Jesus Comforts His Disciples
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
These 7 verses sum up several questions that every Christian asks during his or her faith journey through out their life. John shares in this passage how Jesus explained the relationship of Jesus to God and our relationship to God. I believe that is why Christ was so deliberate in these verses. Christ first states there is a God and he sent me to you (verse 1). This statement says to me Christ is real and there is a plan for our world. Verse 2 through 3, states that there is eternity and we are meant share in eternal life after our life on this world. Verse 4 states that the way to the Father is through his son Jesus. Belief in Jesus unlocks the door to eternity.
Verses 5 through 7 is Jesus way of trying to restate and reassure us of the basic promise he represents. All in all, I see these verses (1 to 7) as the capstone explanation of why we do and why we should believe in Christ as our savior.
When you combine these verses with John 3 verse 16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” you understand that God really does love us. That reality thought helps us finish the faith journey.
Let us Pray: Heavenly Father thank-you for loving us enough to send your only son to die for our sins. Help us to understand how to convey that love to our neighbors. Amen
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org
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