by rodneyshottter

John 14:1-14

Have you ever been lost? Before the days of satnav I used to get lost frequently, especially if there was a diversion in a strange town. I often went round in circles trying to find my own way back onto the correct route. Other times I would ask and get incorrect instructions. Occasionally some kind person would say, ‘Follow me, I will show you.’
Jesus says follow me because “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jn.14:6

In fact early followers of Jesus were known as people of ‘The Way’ This verse gives us 3 great reasons why we should follow the Way of Jesus.

  1. Jesus wants us to follow him because He is the way without exception.
    This may not be very PC today but Jesus said, “I am the way.” The word picture is a road or some route to take for a journey, and there is no other way to Heaven but Jesus. “No one comes to the Father except (by or) through Me.” Says Jesus. The Apostle Peter later echoed this truth in Acts 4:12, when he said: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
    Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, though many people try other ways.
    For example Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism require achievement of perfection in this life, in one way or another, to attain ‘heaven’. All these require us to perfectly live our lives through our own efforts. But no-one except Jesus has been able to live such a perfect life. So what are we to do?
    Without a way to Heaven, we are hopelessly lost. But Jesus IS the way! Jesus said the way to Heaven is not a principle, not a practice, not a precept, and not a philosophy. . . The way to Heaven is to know him as a person and to have a relationship with him. Many people are like the man who said that getting to Heaven was like getting to London. There are a lot of roads that will get you there. But a wise Christian told him: “No, getting to Heaven is much more like flying into the Heathrow airport. The pilot has to land that plane on just the right runway, at just the right speed, at just the right time, at just the right angle. There is only one way to land that plane. And there is only one way to Heaven. It’s through Jesus. He is our pilot!
  2. Jesus said “I am the Truth”. Jesus is the True revelation of the Father Jn.14:9 He has been given to us so that we can find restoration through Him alone.
    It is the Truth that Jesus was born as a Man yet is the manifestation of God. In Jesus you see God the Father. It is the Truth that He came to release us from the grasp of satanwhose way is death. It is the Truth that He defeated death on the cross by rising again and opening the gates of heaven for us. He paid the price of our entry fee. We do not have to reach perfection. It is the Truth that He came to set us free from the curse of sin and sickness and the shackles of this world so that, in this freedom, our hearts need not strive or be troubled, but be assured of a place with Him in the glory of His Father. And we can believe in Him, because He is the truth without error.
    Jesus is the source of all Truth.
    Sadly, we now live in a post-modern society that no longer believes in absolute truth. Truth is now considered to be relative to the person. Today if you told someone that Jesus died for us, you might hear them reply, “That may be true for you, but it isn’t true for me.” Many people today are putting their faith in their own opinions rather than the rock-solid truth of God’s Word. Life is all about me, the religion of Me-ism. Just my own little voice. That’s tragic, but it’s nothing new. The last verse of the Old Testament Book of Judges says: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:2). If we do not recognise Jesus as King then we do what we think is right in our own eyes. And this, as it did in Israel, can lead to disaster.
    Many people try to live by their own truth. We see this at present as we fight the Covid19 pandemic; we are faced with false information masquerading as truth. But in the end they who who were hoodwinked by false information will see that they were living by a lie. Only Jesus Christ can honestly and boldly say, “I am the truth.” So believe in and follow the way of Jesus, however narrow the road; because He is the truth without error.
  3. Jesus said He is also the Life — He is the source and giver of both natural and everlasting life.
    Everyday we are confronted with death and our own mortality and our own fragility. Even the strongest crumble before the onslaught of Covid 19. The numbers that have fallen before its path are staggering. We are now well past 120,000 deaths in the UK and counting. The Worldwide toll is currently more than two and a half million.
    In my generation it is almost taboo to talk about mortality. We keep death at arms length. We go about our business as if we would live forever; never giving death a second’s thought. We are now forced every day to confront death and talk about deaths but do not discuss death itself. Most of us still look upon death as something to be feared and avoided at all costs. But of course we cannot avoid it. And it is this fact that should motivate us to consider if anything and what lies beyond our death. Jesus, in his agony, said to the thief dying with him on the Cross “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” He said this because the thief
    believed in him, and, this is important, because Jesus knew there was a continuation beyond this mortal life.
    So believe in Him, because He is the life without end.
    Jesus said, “I am the life.” Jesus is the life, so the only way for us to have life is through Him. Jesus gives His abundant, eternal life to all who trust in Him. But we must understand that this life is a relationship with Him.
    In John 17:1-3 we read that later the same night, Jesus: looked towards heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come, glorify your Son, that Your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
    You can be a Buddhist or a Muslim without knowing Buddha or Mohammed. But you cannot be a Christian without knowing Christ. A personal experience with Christ, who knows you by name and loves you, is the essence of Christianity, and the only way to live life to the full. That’s because Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” And “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
    As we approach Passion Week I recommend that you to ponder these questions:
    Do you believe that Jesus is the only Way to eternal life, and are you prepared to follow the narrow way he taught and demonstrated?
    Do you believe that Jesus is the source of all truth?
    Are you willingly prepared to trust your life into His loving hands to use you in accordance with His will, which is the will of the Father?