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July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014


"Bet Your Life on Jesus"

“I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14: 6 NIV


Truth is not a principal.  It is a person and a relationship.  Truth is Jesus Christ.  God came to earth in human form to personify truth.


The Bible says that Jesus was full of grace and truth.  He incarnated truth.  He personalized it.  He made it someone you can relate to.


After John 3: 16, John 14: 6 is probably one of the most well known verses in the Bible.  Notice that Jesus uses the first person, “I,” to denote the relationship.  The path to God is not a religion, a race or a ritual.  It’s not rules or regulations.  It’s a person.


Jesus said “I am” not "I might be" or "I’d like to be."  That’s what separates Jesus from every other leader from every other faith.  None of them claimed to be the “I AM” of the Bible.


Mohammed said, “I am a prophet of the truth.”  He claimed to teach the truth, not be it.  Buddha is reported to have said at the end of his life, “I am still searching for the truth.”  And the Hindu scriptures say that truth is elusive.  Only Jesus says, “I am the truth.”


I was reading a while ago that this is the most divisive verse in scripture.  By it we are presented with a choice:  believe that Jesus is the truth or doubt Him.  Which will you choose?


That's the issue.  We have to make a choice.  Most of us make bets in some way or another.  The atheist is betting there is no God.  He’d better be right or he’s making a big mistake.


I’m betting my life that Jesus is who He says He is.  What are you betting your life on?  Whatever it is you’d better have a good reason for it.  Have you checked it out?


John 3: 33 says, “Anyone who examines this evidence will come to stake his life on this:  God Himself is the truth.”


Peace in the Lord,


Pastor Don