Jesus Is The Way
by Alan and Clarice Smith 23 March 2022
Read John 13:36 - 14:6
Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.'
It is a known and accepted fact that if you ask a person for directions to a place in an unfamiliar city, in some countries they will actually offer to go with you, it is part of their culture. They then not only show the way, they become the way. We just have to follow. We read in the passage today that Jesus doesn't give directions but answers Thomas by saying 'I am the way.' All he has to do is follow him.
What does it mean to accept Jesus as our way and follow him? When Simon Peter asks Jesus, (John 13:36) 'Lord, where are you going?' the conversation that follows clearly shows that Jesus is actually talking about the way of the cross, the offering of his life in self-sacrificial love. A way of laying down one's life for one's friends.
When Jesus says, 'No one comes to the Father except through me,' he is talking about how one comes to God.
Jesus teaches us that the way to God is through self-sacrificial and unconditional love. Putting others before ourselves and going that extra mile, even when we may not really feel like it. Dying to self.
Early Christians were known as those who belonged to the Way (Acts 9:2 ). If Jesus is our Way, then let us walk with Jesus today and every day, and love our neighbours with an unconditional and self-sacrificial love shown in actions as well as words.
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Loving Heavenly Father, we ask you to give us hearts to love you and to love others unconditionally, so that we in turn may be a way for others to come to know about the love of Jesus for everyone. May we, as we approach Easter time, experience an even deeper love for You in gratitude for all your many blessings showered upon us.
We ask our prayers in Jesus' name. Amen