Day 18

The Only Way

from the John reading plan

John 14:1-31, Isaiah 28:16, Ezekiel 1:26-28

We love expectations. Sometimes we love them more than reality. We can fantasize about what something might be like—that dream job, the relationship we have longed for, winning a big game, or simply a delicious meal. But our expectations also have the power to destroy, especially when they go unmet.

When Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6), His disciples were confused. Maybe they were expecting someone more religious-looking, or more physically respectable, or more professional. Philip replied, “Show us the Father, and that will be enough for us to believe” (v. 8). Jesus didn’t meet even His own disciples’ expectations. Even though they had the Son of God standing in front of them, there was a part of them that wanted more.

When our expectations are not met, we begin to question whether something or someone is worth the effort. We call this doubt—a struggle to imagine a way, or a truth, or a life when things don’t go the way we expected.

When Jesus says He is the way, He is calling us to a life we are not creative enough to expect. We are called, like His disciples, to allow the Author of life to rewrite our expectations. This rewriting is hard. It often involves pain, and it can seem like a never-ending process (which it is).

When Jesus says He is the truth, He is calling us to lives we are not always honest enough to receive—the truth about God and about ourselves, the truth of grace and repentance, the truth about what is valuable and lovely.

When Jesus says He is the life, He is calling us to embrace a reality of that cannot exist apart from Him.  

Jesus calls us to Himself. He is the way and the truth and the life. And as we read in John 14:2, He goes before us to prepare a place for us. Jesus loves His children enough to redeem us here and to lead us home.

Child of God, whatever your broken expectations are, you are called by the One who lacks nothing. In Christ, you are redeemed.

Written By Jason Tippetts 

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5 thoughts on "The Only Way"

  1. Justin Rigdon says:

    I have much doubt in my life. My job creates doubt, my physical fitness creates doubt, my own feeling of success creates doubt. I struggle to feel content, always reaching for the next thing. I know that Jesus has and will provide everything my life needs, but still I doubt my own ability to recognize it or even appreciate it.

  2. Phil says:

    Doubt is a powerful agent that the devil uses to turn us from Gods perfection. I have often doubted myself, my career, my purpose in life, if God truly sees my struggle, many things.. God I feel sometimes like my faith is small enough to fit into the cracks of my palms…but God reminds me “My child, have you not forgotten, that if your faith was small enough to fit into the cracks of my hands, that faith just the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, doubt your doubts, for they are as empty as the tomb I left behind.” Thank you God for being the answer to every question, the reason I have joy in life. Thank you God!

  3. Luke Blackburn says:

    The Way. The Truth. The Life. Jesus came to redeem. The Father saw a broken world in desperate need of guidance. He saw a world that had lost sight of its Creator. In an effort to restore the connection of a perfect God to an imperfect creation, the Father offered a part of Himself as a living sacrifice. Jesus was God incarnate in human flesh. The words He spoke, the life He led, and the sacrifice He made were a testament to the nature of the divine. His teachings and example provide a way of restoring our connection to our Creator God. If we believe in Jesus and commit to Him we will receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our constant guide to suppressing our selfish desires in exchange for a higher calling that pleases the Father.

  4. Kevin says:

    What an awesome Q and A with Jesus in this passage. How cool would it have been to be there and hear your questions answered face to face. God tells us he is leaving us the Holy Spirit to teach and fill our hearts while he is gone. I need to ask him daily to fill me with his love. I am loved by the God who lacks nothing.

  5. Nick Crawford says:

    God, help me to know fully that Jesus is all that I need. That He is the way, the truth and the life, and in Him all of my needs are met, that I lack nothing and that He will guide me to the life everlasting.

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