Google+ 04/08/13 Time to Sell Your Radar Detector!

John 14:5-7

 

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said.

“We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.

No one can come to the Father except through me.

If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.

From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” 

 

Easter is not a Sunday, but a fifty-day season that lasts from Easter Sunday through the day of Pentecost.  You will remember, through our devotional time together, that the period of Lent lasted 40 days, plus Sundays.  The overall message we should get from these two important liturgical church seasons, is that we should spend more time contemplating Christ's resurrection,  than we did preparing for His death!  I am concerned as a minister that we simply do not do this in our local New Testament Churches today.  We all know the Scripture passage that initiated our nickname for Thomas.  For years, Christians have referred to him as "Doubting Thomas!"  While he was the one that was not present with the disciples for their first encounter with Jesus after His resurrection, Thomas was also the disciple that entered into the discussion with Jesus that is our Scripture lesson for today.  Today, I am going to refer to Thomas as "Inquisitive Thomas" and be thankful that he spoke up in front of Jesus.  It is possible if he had not spoken at that particular moment, one of the most famous teachings of Jesus might have remained a secret.  Many of you will recognize today's Scripture as being part of the "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" teaching that Jesus delivers to His disciples, immediately following Jesus's foretelling of Peter's denial.  In verse four, Jesus reminds the disciples that wherever He is going, they can go also.  Thomas quickly tells Jesus that the disciples have no idea what He is talking about, so Jesus explains.  Jesus proclaims a passage of Scripture that we often repeat, but don't fully embrace.  Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me."   As we sit here today, this is truly an "Easter" statement that we should ponder, embrace, and make one of our every-day life statements.  Jesus gives the disciples, and us, all we need to know.  We must re-adjust our lives to put Jesus in the center of everything we do.  I am not referring to going to church once a week, which many of us do not do, consistently.  I am talking about living the statement that Jesus is our way, our truth, and our life.  Is Jesus your life?  Is Jesus controlling where you go, what you do, what you say, and how you behave every day?  Do you treat Jesus like the police car that is sitting in the hidden area on the freeway, and correct your inappropriate "speeding" behavior only when you see Him, and only as long as you think He can see you?  This "speeding" behavior is not exhibited by Christians, who have discovered and put into practice that for them, Jesus truly is the way, the truth, and the life.  People who don't speed in a car, never need to slow down when they see a police car!   As part of your fifty-day Easter celebration, be a "practicing" Christian.  Accepting Jesus as the only way, truth, and life on our road to the Father is not a catchy phrase or slogan for us to tattoo on our foreheads.  It is a way of life that involves God's grace and mercy for when we fall short.  When you live this "Easter" life in Christ every day, you can sell your radar detector and enjoy the police cars that you see, because now, they are only there to assist, not arrest!