June 28, 2017

John 14:6 (NLT) — 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

W have established that the way to eternal life is to believe in Jesus. This is the same for everyone. Jesus said we come to the Father through me. It is the ‘through me’ that caught my attention.

Lets say that I was told by our governor that I had to go to Wisconsin and that to get to Wisconsin I had to leave from Fergus Falls and go through Minnesota to get to there. I could take interstate all the way there. I could take paved county roads there. I could take gravel roads and cross bridges to get there. I could walk, ride bicycle, motorcycle, or car to get there. There would be no time limit and the mode of transportation and the route would be up to me. The only requirement was that I go through Minnesota.

Going through Jesus to get to the Father will not be the same for everyone. Not everyone will have the same life experiences as they live for Jesus. Some may have an easy life without many challenges  or difficulties and some may have a hard life with many challenges and difficulties. We don’t get to choose the route, Jesus does. When Peter asked Jesus about John’s route Jesus answered with:

John 21:18–23 (NLT) — 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.” 20 Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” 21 Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” 22 Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 23 So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

The only concern of ours is to follow Jesus. We should never compare our route with anyone else’s. The perfect route for us is the one Jesus takes us on. I need to say that again. The perfect route for us is the one Jesus takes us on. Just because we have a different route it doesn’t mean we are loved more or loved less than anyone else. Be encouraged that Jesus chose you and keep following because it will lead you to the Father.

John 15:16a (NLT) — 16a You didn’t choose me. I chose you.

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