Way, Truth, Life

Read: John 14:1-14 and John 3:14-21

On a day in which many people will try to deceive and/or trick others (April 1st) we read of Jesus’ words in John 14 that he is the way, the truth, and the life.  Jesus was very clear that others would come along to lead us down the wrong way, deceive us of the real truth, and destroy the very life that he died to bring to us.

This April fool’s day falls on one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar.  While April 1st is often just a fun day to trick people it can also be a reminder of the eternal truth that Jesus proclaimed in the Bible.  Jesus said, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:11)

We live in a world that is torn apart by people who think they know the truth and will kill and destroy anyone who does not adhere to their ways.  This was not the way of Jesus and this is not how he taught his disciples to share the Good News.  Yes, Jesus proclaimed that the only way to God and to eternal life in heaven was through believing in him, but he did not force that choice on anyone.  He wanted it to be their own faith and trust not something forced upon them by others.

Christians want everyone to receive this “New Life” and grace that Jesus offers because we know about the difference that it can make in our lives.  As his followers we can share the good news, live lives that reflect this good news, and pray for others to believe it and receive it.  But we should not use hate, discrimination, or violence as a means to bring them to Jesus.

In John 5:24 Jesus said to the religious leaders of that day, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and will not be judged, but has crossed over from death to life.”  Because of those words and others he would be killed on the cross of Calvary.  Little did they know that this was God’s way to save the world.

Make it personal:  Find ways this week to reaffirm your belief in Jesus and your commitment to follow him as your Lord and Savior.  If you place your faith and trust in him he will show you the way, make the truth known, and bring you life like only he can.

Have a great Easter weekend,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church