Jesus is the Way Truth and Life

Decades ago, I drove from my home in the Maryland suburbs of DC to the suburbs of Virginia, on the opposite side of the Potomac River. The occasion was a cousin’s bridal shower.

Since I’d never been to the home where the shower was held, I was nervous about the drive.

The shower was lovely. The food, wonderful. The company, charming. Yet, in the back of my mind hung the dread of the return drive home.

After hugs made the rounds, I got into my car. I headed north. Then I hit a bridge I did not recall crossing. Because of the traffic, I was hemmed in, and had no choice but to veer east.

Almost immediately, I knew I was not where I should be. I was in the SE section of Washington, DC, when I should have been headed NW.

Oy, vey!

This was in the dark ages before cell phones to call someone for directions. But, I did call on Someone.

I called on God, and prayed like crazy for him to show me the way home. Some landmark. Some divine intervention. Some something.

And there it was.

Peeking above the horizon to my left. The dome of the US Capitol building. Hallelujah, praise the LORD!

If I kept the Capitol in my sights, I would be able to wind my way through DC toward it. If I just kept my eyes on that building, I knew I could find my way home from there.

Before long, I was in Maryland, my Maryland.

Big sigh of relief.

As I’ve mentioned before, I usually have a pretty good sense of direction, which proved beneficial.

So, I’m thinking … what should we do when we find ourselves lost spiritually? Headed the wrong direction? In a place we have no business being?

Keep our eyes on Jesus. He’s the landmark. The beacon. The road map we need to get us safely home.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can get to heaven except through believing he is God’s Only Son who came to earth to live as all men do, die a horrific death on a cross, pay the debt we owe but could never pay, rise from the grave and ascend to heaven to prepare a place for us to live with him eternally, and claim Christ as Lord.

Just as my fears subsided when I kept my eyes on the Capitol building all those many years ago, our fears subside when we keep our eyes on Jesus.

No matter where we end up in life, we’ll be fine if we keep our eyes on Jesus. He’s the way, truth, and life that can take us safely home.

Have you ever been lost while driving in unknown territory? What helped you find your way home?

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Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. So how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.” John 14: 5-6 (NCV)

I wish you well,


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Sunday Scriptures — Let’s Stop Drifting

Drifting doesn’t happen all at once. It’s a gradual process. We might give a glance toward the shore every once in awhile, and notice a little distance. It isn’t enough to be concerned with, however. So we close our eyes, and keep drifting. Before we realize it, we may have drifted dangerously far from the safety of the shore.

How about when we drift away from the truths we’ve heard regarding who Jesus is?

Our drift can be subtle. Gradual. It doesn’t occur all at once. We move farther from shore a little bit at a time. We keep Jesus within reach, in case we need him, until we wake up, and realize we are further away than we ever imagined we could be.

Here’s a couple warning signs to recognize about drifting:

Is our prayer life an important part of our day, or an afterthought?

Do we spend time, daily, in God’s word, or crack open the pages only on Sunday?  If then.

Are we growing spiritually, or satisfied with where we’re at, thereby, becoming stagnant?

What say we stop drifting?

Let’s be alert to our tendency to drift away from the truths we’ve heard concerning who Jesus is, and do something about it. Let’s drop anchor. Tie our bowline to the dock. And keep our eyes fixed on the safety of the shore.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

That is why we must hold on all the more firmly to the truths we have heard, so that we will not be carried away. Hebrews 2:1 (GNT)

I wish you well.


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