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About-Him.Com Devotional 09-12-2010
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life
In John 14:6-11 Jesus told His disciples that He was going away to His Father’s house to prepare a place for them. He would return for them later and gather them together to spend eternity with Him. Evidently Thomas was still thinking on an earthly plane, because he wanted to know the address of the place where Jesus was going. Jesus told them that He was going to His Father and no one would be able to accompany Him there except they come through Him.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Once again, Jesus appropriated the eternal name of God unto Himself, when He said, I AM. Somebody has said that Jesus is the way, because He is the truth and the life. I might add that if He could not claim to be ultimate truth and the source of all life, He couldn’t hardly lead us to heaven, could He?
Jesus told Thomas that if He had really known Him, He would have known His Father also and in the future He would both know and see Him. Phillip chimed in and asked to have a vision of the Father. Perhaps he had heard what had happened to Peter, James and John on the Mountain of Transfiguration and desired a similar experience? Jesus asked Phillip, one of His earliest disciples, if he had been so long with Him and yet was unknown to Him? Jesus simply stated,” ... he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” Obviously the human man Jesus was not the invisible Father, but Jesus was much more than a man, he was both skin and bone and the invisible God in one visible being (Jn. 1:1,14,10:30; 1Tim. 3:15; Tit. 2:13, Rev. 4;2, 13:8).
No doubt, most of us would desire for God to fully reveal Himself to us. The only problem is that no one could look upon Him and live (Ex. 33:20). So that leaves us with a mystery when we contemplate the godhead.
Colossians 1:27 tells us that the mystery of the ages has been revealed to us as “Christ in us, the hope of glory.”
1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (Col. 1:26-27).
Colossians. 1:26-26 and 2:2 acknowledges that a mystery concerning the incarnation exists. We have to be satisfied with the explanation that God was manifested in flesh (1 Tim 3:16). Martin Luther is quoted as saying in effect that anything we would desire to know of God, we need look no further than Jesus.” In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said that all the power of heaven and earth had been given to Him and Colossians 2:9 tells us that all the fulness of the godhead dwells in Jesus bodily.
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].
Jesus spoke of His unity with His Father as a mutual indwelling, To paraphrase: “I am in the Father and the Father is in Me. The words that I speak are not my words, but His words. The works that I do are not my works but His works, because He dwells in Me.”
Jesus is the Way:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Hebrews 10:19-23 tells us that Jesus established a new and living way by shedding His blood on Calvary. He entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven as a High Priest on our behalf. Because we are washed and covered by His blood, we have access to the throne of God also (Heb. 4:14-16).
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Hebrews 10:19 ¶ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Jesus is the Truth:
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
John 1:17 tells us that “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
In John 4:24 Jesus told the woman of Samaria that God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. Is Jesus simply talking about some of the doctrinal issues that divide us? Is He saying that you won’t make heaven if your doctrinal is not 100% correct? Doctrine is important, but I don’t think that is what He is talking about here. Much of what we see around us is based on the lie that was first espoused to Eve in the garden of Eden when the serpent said to Eve, ‘Ye shall not surely die (Gen. 3:4). The world has been under the influence of Satan and his kingdom ever since. But when Jesus was born, the Light of God penetrated the darkness of Satan and exposed his lies. Jesus told us the truth - that we were under the bondage of Satan and doomed to die - but that He had come to give us abundant life to anyone who would believe on Him.
Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
Isaiah 9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Jesus is the Life:
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
John 6:57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
John 8:51 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
The curse of Adam and Eve that fell upon the earth because of their sin will be lifted when Christ returns. - Tim LaHaye
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