Thursday, January 11, 2007

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Many times Jesus equates Himself with the Father. Here is a great example. Ask anyone what they think the main message of Jesus was. Usually it is something equivalent to "Love" or "Peace" or "Drive a hybrid". Then read to them John 14:6 and ask the question again. Does your idea of Jesus' purpose line up with the purpose that Jesus states for himself?

Without the cross, without an innocent Savior taking the full brunt of God's wrath upon Himself, we are still enemies of God. If we do not trust in the Savior instead of our own goodness, we are surely condemned already. But, those who repent of their sins and completely trust in the payment made by Jesus are not condemned.

We are free to go, not because we are good, but because we are bad and have been forgiven by a very, very good God. Now, that is good news.

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