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I Am The Way
10/2/2013

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  He then followed this up with a very powerful absolute truth and warning when He stated, No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Satan, our personal enemy, has continually attacked this truth and has successfully reduced it to a personal opinion in some people’s opinion, and to others it is merely one of many ways to God.  But this is not what Jesus said; He said, “I am the way.”  “I” is singular and refers to one.  Again, for many this is foolish and too restrictive for them (1 Cor. 1:18), and as such they will attack this as a narrow way of thinking—even saying those who believe this are conceited or simply ignorant.  But Jesus said this would be the response of many.

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matt. 7:13-14 (NKJV)

No religion can save us!  No religious leader, political figure, self proclaimed prophet or revolutionist has ever made a way for us to live eternally.

·      Jesus is the promised Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament (Isaiah 9:6-7).

·      Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 12:1-2).

·      Jesus is the only way we can be saved, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 4:12).

As Christian believers we must understand the importance of these truths contained in God’s Word, and we have been given the command to profess it to others so they may know the love of Jesus.  A great way to share the gospel message is to share our testimony—letting others know Jesus is our Lord and letting them know He is The Way.

We can read about the early Christian believers in the Book of Acts 9:1-30. Many of them were persecuted for following “The Way (v. 2).”  We can see from this chapter, those who followed the “Way,” were also designated as “the disciples of the Lord” (vv. 2, 10, 19), as, “saints” (v. 13), as, “all who call on your (Jesus’) name” (v. 14), and as, “brothers” (vv. 17, 30). 

To these believers, the “Way” was not just a set of beliefs, or a set of doctrinal truths; it was the way of living their lives.  They decided to be followers of Jesus Christ and as such, they chose to lay down their lives, including their old way of living—they were going to live in a new way.  They were going to put off the old ways, and put on the new ways (Eph. 4:17-31; Col. 3:8-10).

And so it should be with you and I as followers of Jesus Christ—when we say we believe in Jesus, or claim to be a Christian, it should mean we have decided to no longer live for the flesh or for the desires of this world.  It should mean we are committed to living in a new way—the way Jesus lived—it is to die to self, which means to be selfless instead of selfish.  I want to encourage you today to examine your personal goals, and desires—to examine your way of living.  When others look at your life, do they see Christ-like attributes and choices?  Can they see within your life a commitment to “The Way?"

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 14:6, what can we truthfully derive about those who say there are many ways to God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you committed today to allowing God to transform the way you live?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek God’s Word to have our life transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12-1-2).

LET’S PRAY:  Father, thank You for providing a way for us to come to You.  Thank You for allowing Jesus to come to this earth and to live as an example and to die for our sin.  Help us to continue to be transformed by the renewing of our mind as we read Your Word. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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