December 08, 2011

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

John 14:1-7

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6


The city of Jerusalem was bustling with activity because Passover had arrived and pilgrims were flowing into the city. The Jewish leaders were stirred up and looking for a way to arrest Jesus. This was the day when blood, sweat, tears, and cries of pain would flow from Gethsemane. On this day the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter would be more painful for Jesus than the spitting and derision of the rulers. The disciples’ hearts were disturbed, but Jesus urged them to trust in him and to lift their eyes to behold the glories of heaven.

In confusion and doubt, Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” But Jesus gently responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is not simply one way among many; he is the only way. Jesus is not just a truth; he is the only truth. Jesus is the life that satisfies.

If you want to live with God, Jesus is the way. If you want to know the truth, Jesus is the truth. If you want to experience real life, Jesus is the life.

Come to Jesus today, and experience his fullness.

Lord God, many people believe that all paths lead to you because they are surrounded by the teachings and theories of today’s world. But salvation is found only in Jesus, the way to find the truth and eternal life. For his sake and in his name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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