“I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6)
These are the words of Jesus. Quite a statement and promise. Jesus made this incredible promise to those who would build their lives on His words and teaching. Jesus’s words stand alone in truth, power and authority. Its important to understand that His promise is not for those who followed or follow the words of any other teacher, prophet or leader. He promised “If you abide in My word, then you are truly the disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32 NASB). But this was just the beginning. Think about the many other promises Jesus made to those who chose to “abide” in His word:
- You will receive eternal life
- Your desires will be fulfilled in answer to your prayers
- God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will be your constant companions, both with you and within you
- You will receive a level of peace and joy, direct from God, that is otherwise is unattainable
- You will impact the lives of others in ways that can’t be achieved strictly by human effort
- You will be loved by God in a unique way
- You will avoid God’s ultimate judgement
- You will see miracles in your life that others can’t understand or explain
- You will learn eternal truths that will set you free from all that holds you captive
Are these difficult for you to believe? Really? Why? These are the promises Jesus teaches us throughout his ministry here on earth. You see its important to understand that Jesus did not come down to earth to start a new religion. In fact, he saved his harshest criticism and judgement for the religious leaders of the day. He accused them of not knowing God and said they had used religion to bind people to a life of misery, frustration, and failure. He claimed those leaders were blind and had blinded the “spiritual eyes” of their followers (see Matthew 15:13-14; 23:13-24).
When He described Himself, Jesus claimed that He had come from God and that His mission was to reveal who God was and what God wanted for his children. Most importantly, Jesus claimed that He would lead anyone into an intimate relationship with the only true God and that in doing so, He would lead them into eternal life. In His final prayer before His crucifixion, Jesus stated, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
As we begin this weekly mediation series, we will be looking at the greatest words ever spoken. The direct teaching of Jesus Christ taken from the New Testament in the Bible. We will carve out one or two related teachings a week and share them in this series so we can meditate on them and in doing so, get to know the creator of the universe. Your savior and God and learn how to apply these teachings in our lives so we to can “abide” in his word. Remember John 3:16 -17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”. We hope you join us on this weekly journey and further your relationship with your Lord and Savior.
Humbly in Christ,