Tag Archives: The Way

He Paved the Way – A Poem

John the Baptist did not care
What people thought of his wild hair

Repent and be baptized his hue and cry
Messiah is coming, His kingdom is nigh

John the Baptist lost his head
But because of Jesus he is not dead

John paved the way for eternal life
Found in the Son who gave His life

Content with his place in history
John showed the Way for you and me

Jesus increased in wisdom and power
John decreased at the proper hour

Jesus now reigns as King of kings
To our Lord and Savior we sing

John is an honored martyred soul
Under God’s altar for his prophetic role

So now we find our identity in Christ
Who gave His life and paid the price

12 Comments

Filed under Faith, Jesus, Life, Poetry

The Way, the Truth, and the Life – A Poem

My favorite verse in all of the Bible is John 14:6. Jesus has just told the disciples that He will be going back to Heaven to prepare a place for them and they know where He is going, and Thomas replies that they don’t know the way. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” I love this verse because it is so comforting to know that Jesus clearly showed us how to be in relationship with God now and for eternity. I am so thankful for all of the words of Jesus recorded in the Gospels, especially in John. I am thankful that I don’t have to doubt or wonder whether Jesus has prepared a place for me in His Father’s house.

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Your way to the cross
Made the Way for us
To return to You
Being forgiven
Redeemed and restored

Your truth on the cross
Showed the Truth of Your love
For all us sinners
Even the thief
Who was promised Paradise

Your life given on the cross
Gave eternal Life to all
When You took it up again
At the resurrection
If only we believe

We come to the Father
Only through You
You are the Way
Your Way is the Truth
Your Truth gives us Life
The Father welcomes all
Who come in Your name

17 Comments

Filed under Faith, Jesus, Life, Poetry, postaday2011

Trust in Jesus – A Poem

During this season of Lent, I am reminded of where I can place my trust, and that is in the One who loved me so much that He was willing to die for me even before I loved Him in return. I am thankful that He is worthy of my trust, that He has never gone back on one of His promises, has never been false or dishonest.

TRUST IN JESUS

Truth fell from His lips like honey
Righteousness radiated from His every pore
Unashamed by His robe of humility
Strong and courageous despite the crown He wore
Thorns causing His brow to bleed, trustworthy blood

I have no other to trust
None other who died on a cross

Jesus my trustworthy redeemer
Emmanuel come to save you and me 
Savior of all who will claim Him
Unashamed of His sacrifice on the tree
See? Now He has risen indeed

Because I trust Jesus, I am confident that what He said is true. One of the things He said is that He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” There is no other who was willing to give up all for sinners like you and me, only Jesus. Do you trust what Jesus said?

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” John 14:1-7 (NLT).

6 Comments

Filed under Faith, Jesus, Life, Poetry, postaday2011

No Need to Climb the Mountain

This past Sunday we had a guest minister preach in church. He is actually with us for four weeks, though I missed the first week. He is a local youth minister named Chris Nye who has a blog of his own called We Are Made of Sound.

I thoroughly enjoyed his message on Sunday. He is doing a series on finding Jesus in the Psalms, a great series for anyone who loves the Psalms as much as I do. Finding Jesus in the Old Testament in general is one of my passions.

But I wanted to share something else from his message and the thought that occurred to me as I was listening to him speak. He was talking about the issue many people have with the exclusive claim of Christianity to be the only way to heaven. He presented two analogies that many people use to illustrate that there are actually many ways to God and that just because different people see things differently doesn’t mean they can’t all be right or that any one of them can know that they are right.

The first analogy is the famous one of the group of blind men and the elephant, where each blind man feels a different part of the elephant and comes to a different conclusion about what an elephant is like. The other was the analogy of the mountain, in which God is at the top of the mountain and each religion is a different path or trail up the side of the mountain. All paths or trails lead to the same God at the top.

It was the second analogy that really made me think. Chris pointed out that the person who says that all of the trails or paths lead to the same place is just as exclusive as those navigating those trails trying to get to God. The difference is that this person claims to have the unique perspective of standing back from the mountain (or maybe even being on top of the mountain) and being able to see where all of the trails or paths lead. He, in essence, claims to view matters from the perspective of God himself. It takes a great deal of pride and arrogance to presume that one has that kind of knowledge. It is a perspective that claims to be all-inclusive, but is in reality exclusive of anyone who believes that any single path or religion is the correct one. The difference between the true Christian and the one who believes he can see that all roads lead to God is the difference between pride and humility.

As I listened to Chris’ message, a thought occurred to me related to this analogy. The difference between Christianity and every other major religion in the world is that it is not one of the many path’s up the mountain to God. True Christianity and relationship with our creator is found when one stands at the bottom of the mountain or halfway up a mountain trail and says, “God, I can’t make it up this mountain to You and I need You to come get me.” It is then that the God of the universe leaves the top of the mountain with open arms to scoop up and rescue His lost creation.

The Gospel reading for Sunday was from John 14:1-7:

    1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

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 know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” (NIV).

The way to God is not a path we must navigate on our own. It is a person named Jesus who came to earth to bring us home. He took the hard path from the throne of heaven to a manger and then to the cross and the resurrection. Jesus said to His disciples and to us, “I will come back and take you with me.” Our God is not some distant being who has left us to climb some perilous mountain to try to reach Him. A very small percentage of the human race has ever made it to the top of the highest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest. None is able to make it to God by their own efforts. Thanks be to God we don’t have to.

8 Comments

Filed under Blogging, Faith, Jesus, Life, postaday2011, Psalms