Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

His Most Controversial Words?

Today's Scripture

John 14:1-7 (NIV)

1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."

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

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

Today's Message

HIS MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORDS?

Of all the things Scripture records that Jesus said, today’s passage contains perhaps his most controversial words of all.  They are especially controversial in our culture today.  

What are those words?  Read them carefully:   

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  

What makes them so controversial is the sheer exclusiveness of his words.  Jesus didn’t claim to be a way, he claimed to be THE way.  He didn’t offer a truth, he said he was THE truth.  He didn’t say he was a life, he had the audacity to say he was THE life.  He tops it all off by saying that “no one comes to the Father except through me.”  

In our highly relativistic culture, those are fightin’ words!  How can anyone claim to be the only way, the only truth, the only life?  Are there not many paths to God?  Are not all ways equally true and valid?  Isn’t eternal life available through many different avenues?  

Jesus plainly states “no.”   

People need to wrestle with these words.  What kind of a man makes these kinds of outrageous statements about himself?  The man is either a raving lunatic or a liar and fraud.  Or there is one more option:  he is exactly who he claims to be… the way, the truth, and the life. 

The earliest Christian creed is found in the New Testament:  “Jesus is Lord.”  When they said that it was a bold declaration of faith.  The Christians didn’t say that Jesus was a great man or a fine teacher or a tremendous prophet.  They didn’t even say that he was a lord.  No they said, “Jesus is Lord.”  

In saying that, they were saying that all others who claimed to be God or gods were false.  Only Jesus is Lord.  (Lord is the name for God himself!)  It is a claim to exclusive deity.  Jesus is Lord.  No one else.  

Do you believe that with all your heart?  Have you come to believe that all other ways, though they may contain noble truths and commendable ethics, are ultimately false?  That there is no other way to God but Jesus?  Do you believe what Jesus said?   

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at 1:00 AM

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6/1/2013 at 12:04 AM by Ohagwa Peter

My Lord Jesus is very correct. Jesus is Lord is not claim, its the FACT. This is because, it is only through His Precious Blood that was shed on the cross of calvary that gave us hope of meeting His Father. Also, the Holy Trinity equally confirms this, Three in One, one Lord, one Saviour. Jesus my Lord and Saviour, am so unworthy to mention Your Holy Name. Am a great sinner, forgive me Lord, and have mercy upon me. Cause me to abide in You and serve you in ritgheousness and holliness, truth and in spirit. Please Lord, write my name in the Book Of Life, and cause me to make Your Kingdom. Distractions abound in the world, but, please Lord, be my Guidiand and my Guard.


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There is no controversy


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