“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” (Jesus- John 14:6)
The last couple of days we have been talking about why we need Jesus.
We have learned that we need Him to take care of our sin and judgment problem. Jesus took what we deserved (the wrathful punishment of all our sins) so that we didn’t have to do so. Only Jesus was qualified to take our sins upon Himself – and in dying for us, we could live our lives free from our sin and guilt… AND be welcomed into a real relationship with God.
We also learned that Jesus is the central Figure in this relationship too. We also need Him for our daily lives, now that we have been set free from sin and guilt. Only Jesus is qualified to help us in our daily lives, as well. He is God’s provision to bring us into the fullness and abundance of life with God. And He is immediately accessible to any person who will trust in Him.
Now we bring our focus to the specifics of Jesus’ words to us. When He told us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” Jesus established that He alone is the Source of everything we really need in this life – to live life to the fullest.
Jesus is the way.
This is vital because our lives need direction. We need to know that we are going somewhere – and that “somewhere” is worth the journey.
There is a reason why Jesus is known as the Good Shepherd. He has readily, and willingly, accepted the responsibility for leading us to all that is best for our lives. That is what Good Shepherds do. In fact, Jesus tells us: “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
We see these words and our minds immediately run to Jesus’ sacrifice of His life for us. “Jesus was willing to die for us. We get it.” But this verse is saying so much more than that.
The word, in the original language, for “life” is the word we most always see translated as “soul.” As we know, the soul is almost always recognized as the mind, will, and emotions. These things are all part of living life… not dying. Jesus is telling us that He is laying down His “soul” for us. It is something that He is committed to doing as long as He LIVES. His Mind is committed to teaching us. His Will is committed to leading us in the will of The Father. And His emotions are fully invested in us (He weeps when we weep, He rejoices when we rejoice, etc.).
This distinction is so important. Jesus has not just died for us and gone back to Heaven to watch us live life from afar. He is with us. He is invested in us. He comes alongside to take us where He wants us to go (where our lives will have the most meaning and fulfillment). He takes this “leading us” thing very seriously.
So should we.
We can completely trust that Jesus is taking us somewhere. When we commit ourselves to Him, He has promised that our journey will make our lives complete… full… satisfying. Because our way is centered in the One Who knows all things… and knows where He is going. Jesus is our Source of everything we need in this life.
Prayer Focus: Jesus, thank You for leading me into the fullness of what my life means to You.