THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE - PART 2
THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2022
Jesus said to His disciples, "You know the way to the place where I am going." Later on, Thomas became curious and inquisitive about the place and the way. Yes, Jesus is the way. A way is first and foremost an entrance. Jesus is the way that provides the right view or leads to what lies ahead in the Kingdom, which is truth and life.
Reference: John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV) 'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."'
Jesus is the only way to God. It's simple. "Way" is a means to an end or destination. As the one and only mediator between God and mankind, Jesus, the way, provides salvation and transformation to mankind. 2 Timothy 2:4-6 (NIV) says, "God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time."
Note that in the above Scripture, 2 Timothy 2:4, God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. This means that no one can come to a real knowledge of divine truth, except they become saved first by acknowledging Christ as the way. So Jesus, the way, the truth and the life is a symbolic structure that wields a great significance of bringing God's eternal purpose in a man's life to fulfilment. Christ, the way, provides salvation. When a man is saved, he begins to feed on the truth which is the transition point to mind renewal and lasting transformation, and it gives rise to our new perspective as the new creation.
In John 10:9 (ESV), Jesus says, "I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." Some translations used the word, "gate." However, "way", "door" and "gate" are symbolic of entrance. Jesus bore them as His identity, through which He connects us to the truth and life of God. Therefore, whoever enters through Him as the way/door/gate, will be saved. After that, they'll find pasture, which is Christ, the truth. This brings us to the reason Jesus used the very word "pasture." Pasture is deemed suitable for grazing sheep. As the good shepherd, Jesus addressed His own as the sheep; Thus the truth of God's Word is a rich meadow pasture for His sheep, who are equally known as the saints.
Then the next is Jesus, the life. As you feed on the pasture (the truth), you'll never lack any good thing. It will facilitate your spiritual growth, establish you in the life of Christ and provide every other nutrient and nourishment essential for sustainable growth and progress of your Christian life. Again Jesus says, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10 NIV). Truth and life are the eternal wealth of the Spirit and we partake of both because we are in Christ.
Beloved, Christ is the truth which came down from heaven; as we feed on this truth which is the bread of life, it gives us life. John 6:33 reads, "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world." The truth grants us spiritual insight into the inner revelation of the glorious Kingdom and life of God in the heavenly places, and there is much blessing to gain access to and live for in Christ, as we feed on the truth. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Acts 4:12; 1 John 5:11-12; Colossians 3:4; 1 John 5:20.
Guided Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending your only Son into the world not condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Christ is the only way, the truth and the life and His nature is at work in me. Thank you Lord for my indissoluble union with Christ in all perfect harmony and in all aspect of life. As I feed on the Word of truth, I blossom and flourish in Christ, who is the centre of my existence, in Jesus' Name, Amen!