Sunday, October 23, 2016

Day 182: John 14:1-14 & Psalm 52 - Do You Know How to Get to God's House and How to Live There Forever?

Today's Reading: John 14:1-14 & Psalm 52

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Do You Know How to Get to God's House and How to Live There Forever?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6, ESV

Do you know how to get to New York City? Do you know where it is? Do you have directions? Do you have a car that will get you there? Do you have enough money for gas and tolls? How about money for parking after you get there? If you're missing any of these things, you won't have everything you need to get to New York City.

Now, do you know how to get to God's house? Do you know what it takes to live there forever? 

In John 14, Jesus is telling His disciples of the hope of heaven: "In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?" (v. 2) But the disciples don't seem to understand. Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (v. 5)

So Jesus makes it very clear: I am the way, the truth, and the life. But what does Jesus mean by this statement? How is He each of these three things and why do we need Him to be all three in order for us to have a certain hope of heaven?

Jesus is the way. He is our access and our passage to God the Father. This is why He said, "No one comes to the Father except through me." 

Jesus is the truth. This lines up with what John said about Jesus in John 1: Jesus is the Word. The way is only reliable if it is a true and faithful way. Jesus is the way and the truth and that means that He never errs, never wavers, never fails. We can trust Jesus the Way because He is the truth.

Jesus is the life. We need not only access and passage to heaven, but we need eternal life if we're to live in God's house with God forever. Jesus is not only the true and reliable access and passage to the Father's house, but He is the life we need to live with God forever.

To get to God's house, you need Jesus and all you need is Jesus. He alone will get you to God reliably and give you His life so you can live with God forever. So, do you have the way, the truth, and the life living in you?

Prayer Based on Psalm 52:

Heavenly Father, why do men boast of evil,
    denying Your righteous and sovereign rule?
Your steadfast love endures all the day.
    The tongues of the wicked plots destruction,
    like a sharp razor, these workers of deceit,
        love evil more than good,
            and lying more than speaking what is right
                because they are deceived by the father of lies.
They love all words that devour,
    and my deceitful tongue often leads me to want to join them in lies.

Forgive me, O my Father!

Mighty God, You will break all lies forever with Your truth;
    You will snatch and tear the wicked from their security;
    You will uproot Your enemies from the land of the living.
The righteous shall see and fear,
    and shall laugh at them, saying,
“See the people who would not make
    God their refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of their riches
    and sought refuge in the lies and sins that led to their own destruction!”

Father, as I meditate on this Psalm, my heart breaks for my country, our culture and the rising generation. Have mercy while there is still time! 

But I am like a green olive tree
    in Your house, O God.
I trust in Your steadfast love
   forever and ever.
I will thank You forever,
    because You have done it.
I will wait for Your name, for it is good,
    in the presence of the godly.

Hear me and strengthen my trust in You, Father, in Jesus' name, Amen!   

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