Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 18, 2014
Thomas said to him, “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. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.” John 14:5-7
The only way to God is through faith in Jesus Christ. There is one path to the Almighty and it’s through His son. Any add ons to trust in Christ replace faith alone as the gateway to God. The route to our heavenly Father is not Jesus plus religious fervor. The faith journey to heaven is not Jesus plus denominational loyalty. Becoming a Christian is not Christ plus a compelling cause. Jesus Christ is God. When introduced to Jesus we are introduced to God. Christ alone is our soul’s cry!
Thomas voiced the disciple’s concerns, doubts and fears. They had experienced the truth of Jesus’ life changing and life giving teaching, but they still lacked understanding of why He must die. Though they saw Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, they still did not comprehend the fact that after three days Christ would rise from the grave. Jesus’ death would allow them to experience the living Lord. Trust in the way to God is made clear when we accept Jesus as God.
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son [Jesus], who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18).
Do you believe Jesus is only a manifestation of God–or God manifest? Are you trusting in anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ to get you to God? Start by loving Him with your heart. By faith receive Jesus into your heart. Allow His free flowing grace to forgive you of your sin. Embrace Him and His unconditional love. Now love Him with your mind. Believe Jesus is God. Trust that He is the only way to your heavenly Father. Thirdly, love God with your soul. Rest in His peace and security. Lastly, love God by submitting your will to His will. God’s will works.
Furthermore, as a disciple of Jesus, make it a priority to show and tell others how and why He is the only way to God. Like His followers after His resurrection, we cannot keep quiet since the Holy Spirit has quieted our soul and filled us with holy boldness! We are all on a journey with Jesus and we unselfishly want to invite those we influence to join us. Some will start and finish. Others will start and stray. Regardless, by grace we remain faithful to Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life. We know Him, so we can make Him known. Jesus is the only way to God.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name [Jesus Christ] under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thanks for making the way to You belief in Jesus as You.
Related Readings: John 10:9; Ephesians 2:18; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 10:20
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