March 31, 2016

The Way Home

John 14:1-6

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

—  John 14:6

A story is told of a little boy who wandered from his home and couldn’t find his way back. Some kind passersby noticed that he seemed lost, and they began asking questions to help locate his home.

They asked, “Do you know your home address?” The boy didn’t know. Next they asked, “Do you know what your house looks like?” The boy responded without much detail: “It’s white.” Then they asked, “Can you tell us your father’s name?” He answered, “Daddy.”

The boy seemed unable to offer any assistance. But then he shared an important detail: “Near my home is a beautiful building that has a cross on it. If you show me the cross, I’ll find my way home.”

This month we’ve focused on the cross of Jesus. We’ve seen how central the cross is to the Bible and to the lives of believers. We’ve seen how Jesus took our place by suffering and dying on the cross so that we can have eternal life. Apart from Jesus and his saving work on the cross, there is no way home to God.

Are you living near the cross? Have you trusted in Christ? Are you finding daily strength in his love?

May your prayer always be “Jesus, keep me near the cross.”

Father, thank you for the gift of your Son and his sacrifice to pay for our sin. May the cross always remind us of your salvation and show us the way home. We pray in the Savior’s name. Amen.

About the author — Tom Groelsema

Tom Groelsema and his wife, Sheri, have served churches in Minnesota, Michigan, and North Carolina. They have four children and three granddaughters.

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