The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Thoughts
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me' " (Jn 14:6).  In this one verse, we have a beautiful summary to the message of John's gospel.  Jesus said that He is the only way to God, His message is truth, and the reward for believing this is life eternal and abundant. That Jesus is the only way to the Father is a theme throughout John's gospel.  In the middle chapters of the book, Jesus specifically reiterated this point over and over with various word pictures and direct instruction.  In fact, the firmness with which Jesus identified Himself as the Christ, the Son of God, the only true path to life made such an impression on me that I…
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Resurrection Life

Thoughts
"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies' " (Jn 11:25).  Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  I like to put these two terms together and call the life Jesus promised His believers "resurrection life".  Resurrection life has a longevity (eternal) and a quality (abundant) based on the promises of God. Resurrection life delivers a promise about our past - we have been set free from the penalty of sin.  Resurrection life holds a promise about our future - life with Jesus forever because our sins are forgiven.  And resurrection life delivers a promise about our present - freedom from the power of sin in our walk today. Let us focus for a minute on the…
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Life Eternal and Abundant

Thoughts
One of the words the apostle John uses over and over in his gospel is the word "life".  From beginning to end, the life imparted to us by Jesus Christ - life eternal and abundant - is a constant theme in his book.  Here are just a few of those references to introduce us to John's development of this topic. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men" (Jn 1:1,4).  Jesus and the life He imparts was there from the beginning. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life" (Jn 3:36).  A pretty straightforward if-then regarding belief and eternal life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears…
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