The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 3 July 2020 – He Is The Way

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TOPIC: He Is The Way

READ: John 14:1-15 (NKJV)

  1. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
  2. “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so,] I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
  3. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also.
  4. “And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
  5. Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
  6. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
  7. ” If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
  8. Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
  9. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
  10. “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own [authority;] but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
  11. “Believe Me that I [am] in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
  12. ” Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
  13. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
  14. “If you ask anything in My name, I will do [it.]
  15. ” If you love Me, keep My commandments.

THE MESSAGE:

I stood by my suitcase at Heathrow airport looking very confused. I was on my way to resume school, and it was my first time of leaving Nigeria. For the first time, I knew what it meant to be lost. This was until someone spoke up beside me, I did not notice him approach: “Are you just arriving, and is this your first time?” I looked up to see a black face and something in me seemed to calm. “Yes”, I replied, “and I don’t know my way.” He did not just describe my way, but proceeded to take me to where I was going.

Thomas was very blunt and real. “Lord, we do not know where You are going and how can we know the way?” (verse 5). In this, I see two critical issues that everyone born of a woman must address. First, an acknowledgement that he/she does not know the way to Heaven and the way of life. No one has lived before; we’re all strangers on earth; only Jesus has successfully lived without disobeying God. Second, we must all ask the all-important question: “How can we know the way?Jesus is the Way (verse 6); He is the way to the Father. Only by following Him can anyone arrive in Heaven. His principles constitute the best way to live our lives here on earth; we cannot successfully live here without His help and guidance. Ask for His guidance.

PRAYER: Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide.