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Here's a Thought for April 16

April 16, 2010
By the Rev. John B. Chisham

River of Life Alliance Church

John 14:4-7 And you know the way to where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."

Here Jesus is reminding them of all the teachings that he has given them. You know the way I am going. This again illustrates the link and sometimes the divide between knowledge and faith. The disciples knew why Jesus came, they certainly knew who He was. But Jesus requires more (and provides us with the more that we need) than just knowledge, He requires belief- trust- complete confidence in Him. Thomas, who later needed the assurance of the resurrection by seeing the wounds of Jesus, here again shows his doubting nature. But the gracious Savior does not go after him, instead He responds with the way. I am the way- as Jesus had shared before he is the gate. He is not a way, but the way. "o( (h)" is a definitive article in Greek. By using it here, it does not allow for any other way. Jesus has taught in other sections of scripture that the way is narrow, and that the door is hard to find. Indeed, unless Jesus Christ reveals to you the way, indeed, brings you to the way, you cannot find it. There are few that find it, and they are those that Jesus has chosen to find it. These disciples knew 'the WAY', for He had chosen them and was indeed standing right in front of them.

Jesus also claims to be THE Truth, (GR. aletheia), which is the ultimate in revealed reality. He is the truth of God, the truth about God. His words and his actions reveal the very character and nature of God. This is why He can say 'if you have seen me, you have seen the Father'. There is no other truth, no higher truth than Jesus Christ. This is why we can say with all honesty and sincerity that it does not matter what you believe about God, it only matters if it is true. If you do not approach God through Jesus Christ, you are not approaching Him in truth. Indeed, the types of worshippers Jesus is looking for is those who will approach Him in Spirit and in truth. So anyone who is not approaching God through the Lord Jesus Christ is not approaching God at all, but a false God. There is no black and white here, the same definite article is used. There is no other truth outside of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the LIFE (GR. zoe) the perfect antithesis or opposite of death. This is an amazing fact that would be proven in less than 72 hours from the time that He was speaking this; indeed he would be dead and in the grave but He proved He was and is God by conquering death. This same resurrection power over death and over sin is available to all those who call upon His name. Belief in Jesus allows us into the realm of eternal life, which manifests itself in a quality of life that is found in no one else. The word life is used 34 times in the book of John, and it describes the life that Jesus provides all those who will follow Him. He promises that those who follow Him will have an abundant life, and this is not to be misinterpreted as a wealthy or an easy life, but a full life. It is the life that Paul experienced sitting in a dirty jail when He wrote 'rejoice in the Lord always and again I will say rejoice!' It was the same life that allowed Stephen the grace to pray for His murderers as he was being stoned in the book of Acts. It is that quality of life given us by the power of the Holy Spirit that assists us in walking with the Lord. There is only temporary pleasures of life outside of the Lord Jesus, but the ways of man end in death. It is only in Christ Jesus that we can have the antithesis to death, and that is eternal life. Thanks be to God!

If you know (GR. ginosko) which, in the true meaning of the Greek means " a personal and true relation between the person knowing and the object known, that is to say to be influenced by one's knowledge of the object, to suffer one's self to be determined thereby" In other words, a faith relationship to Jesus and His knowledge (as in Matthew 7:23) of you. If we know Jesus, and are known by Him, because He is the way, the truth, and the life, we also know and have a personal and true relation to the Father. This knowledge that implies a personal relationship means that we are willing to be identified with Jesus, identified as followers of God, and by that identity take on the consequences of that relationship. This knowledge has a direct result on our behavior, indeed our walk on this earth. This knowledge indicates that we have changed our mind and our direction to walk with Jesus. This change of mind and direction is called repentance. It is granted us by God. We can say that we know Him, but without a change of direction to walking in His way, do we truly know Him? We do not know Him, as John says in his epistle, if we do not walk in love towards one another, if we walk in darkness as opposed to the light, if we do not keep his commands in a manner that shows that they are not a burden to us. We need to examine ourselves, our thoughts, our motives and indeed our actions to see if we are in the faith, to see if we truly know Him and are known by Him.



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