October 23 – I AM – The Way, the Truth and the Life

Read John 14:1-6

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

I am the way.

The paths at Camp Otyokwah, a 300-acre wooded Christian camp in Richland County, are usually marked with signs. You can hike the paths and still find your way back to the main camping area, including the sleeping cabins, the mess hall and the quiet hour worship ledge. The signs show us the way – the way back to the camp.

I learned at that camp that Jesus Christ is the Way to eternal life. My children were baptized there. God’s plan of salvation is called “the way of the Lord.” (Matt 3:3). Thomas, one of the twelve apostles (Matthew 12:3), shortly before the Passion asked, “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.” John 14:6 NIV.

That statement by Jesus is extremely relevant!

I am the truth.

A memorable sporting event lodges in my mind, I was watching the 1988 World Series, which featured a Game 1 unforgettable two-run, walk-off home run with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for The Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcer, Jack Buck, spontaneously said, “I don’t believe what I just saw.” And I also couldn’t believe what I just saw on TV.

I wonder if people said the same thing when they witnessed the greatest event in human history – when Jesus rose from the dead. Over 500 people saw Him. Certainly, some of the people must have thought, “Wow, I can’t believe what I’m seeing.” Or, “I can’t believe what I just saw.” But many people did believe it. And Jesus backed up what He said He was going to do. Because He is the truth  – “the body of real things, facts and events: ACTUALITY.”  (Webster).

I am the life.

God gave the breath of life to man, making him a living soul (Gen 2:7). This life is a precious gift and the taking of life is prohibited (Gen 9:5). It is the gift of God through Jesus Christ (John 3:36). It is not interrupted by physical death (1 Thess. 5:10).

Housefires is an American worship band from Atlanta, Georgia. They sing a song with uplifting lyrics titled “The Way”.

“I believe through every battle

Through every heartbreak

Through every circumstance

 I believe You are my fortress

You are my portion

You are my hiding place.

I believe You are the way, the truth, the life

I believe You are.

It’s a new horizon and I’m set on You.”

Are you finding direction, truth and fulfillment through Jesus?

Tom Weckesser

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