Writer: Jeff Singer
Key Passage: John 14:5-14
Big Idea: C.S. Lewis famously said, “If Jesus is not Lord – he is a liar or a lunatic.” Today we can say Jesus is either: mad, bad or God. Jesus was more than a good moral teacher amongst other moral teachers. Jesus is more than a philosopher because He did not ask that we consider Him, He invited us to follow Him. Following Jesus is a choice, it’s an exchange of loyalties, and it is learning what it means to die to yourself. In a world of multiple religions, ideas, philosophies and traditions – Jesus still says, “I am the way.” Practical: Jesus is our real hope.
Invest and Invite Challenge: Who are you investing in and inviting into the story of Jesus?
When I was in High School, some friends and I decided to visit our friend who lived in the mountains. Since I had the cleanest car, I was elected to be the one who got to drive everybody up. Lucky me. These days, anyone can access GPS through their phone. Mine at the time, however, would miscalculate my location by a radius of around 30 miles. I decided that before leaving the house, I should have the path planned out and memorized, so that I would not have to rely on faulty technology. I was familiar enough with the area and believed if we got lost, I’d be able to get us back on track. Sure enough, on the way up, I took a wrong turn. I knew that if I turned around, I’d be able to get back into the road that led to my destination. Instead, however, I kept going, thinking that eventually I’d find a road that would connect back onto my planned path, so I kept going. And going. And going. It wasn’t until I turned around and spent an entire tank of gas that we finally found our destination.
In John 14, before Jesus departs from His followers for the final time, He tells them He is going to prepare a place for them. He tells them that they knew the way. He goes on to explain in verse 6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but through me.”
Jesus tells us plain and simply that there is only one way to our destination. He tells us that knowing Him, having faith in His sacrifice and promise is the only way to come to the Father in heaven. Jesus gives us our destination, and He gives us our path. Unfortunately though, each one of us come standard with our own faulty GPS — Our hearts.
So many times we trust our feelings and our emotions. ‘If something feels right, it must be right,’ we tend to think. The prophet Jeremiah told us, “The heart is deceitful above all. Who can understand it?” Just like a broken GPS, our hearts may not always be wrong, but the only way to be sure is to hold it against a map. It’s a good thing God also gave us His unchanging Word! So often we put our faith in things that feel good in our hearts, but when held next to scripture, we see how different of a path we walk on. Whether we’re putting our trust in a different person, a different path, or our own abilities, it isn’t until we turn around and head back to the path that we find our way. (That’s why the Greek word for ‘repent’ literally means ‘to turn around’!).
Weekly Prayer Focus: Pray that as people are confronted with the reality of Jesus being THE way, that the Holy Spirit would open hearts to follow Him.
Reading: John 4: 5-14
- Has there been a path you’ve tried to take other than Jesus? What event or circumstance turned you around?
- Share a time you felt in your heart the path you were on was right, but in hindsight, God had a different plan for you.
- What do you think of when you hear the word ‘repent’? Is the connotation positive or negative?
- Look up the meaning for the Greek word ‘metanoia’. How does it compare to your understanding of the word ‘repent’?
- What encouragement can we gain from Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well?