Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father call us back to his presence today. Let our hearts and minds be turned to you, Lord. Make for us small moments in which we can seek you Father in a few whispered prayers, singing worship along with the radio, or treasuring a verse or two. Bring us back to you today Father. And remind us of how we got here, with you. Jesus. Your Son redeemed us and brought us intimately close to you. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus your Son, and by the power of he, the Holy Spirit, God in us, call out to us today. Bring us back to you. And help us to by action remember, Jesus, our way to your side.
Your Morning Song: "All My Hope Is In Jesus" by David Crowder
Your Morning Scripture: John 14:6
Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father
except through me.
Jesus is comforting his disciples, with the shadow of the cross lingering over them. He has just told them that he is going to "his Father's house" where he will prepare a place for them. He promises to go and then to return someday to take them with him. And that they know the way to the place he is going. Jesus is tenderly comforting these men who he has shared life, shared food, shared weariness and tears.
And then Thomas says, "We do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
And as is quoted above, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way..."
Jesus doesn't simply know how to get to the Father, as if it is merely information that he is willing to share. He is the one who will redeem those who believe in him. As Boaz redeemed Ruth and Naomi, and brought them rest, so too does Jesus redeem and bring us into an eternal rest that we can live in right now. And these words he speaks to his disciples, to comfort them would have seemed hard to hear for them.
Consider these words by Leon Morris...
"We should not overlook the faith involved both in the utterance and in the acceptance of those words, spoken as they were on the eve of the crucifixion. 'I am the Way,' said one who would shortly hang impotent on a cross. 'I am the Truth,' when the lies of evil people were about to enjoy a spectacular triumph. 'I am the Life,' when within a matter of hours his corpse would be placed in a tomb."
How blessed are we to have the full story! Jesus is who he said he is. Jesus did and is doing whe said he would. And we can leave at peace with God our Heavenly Father and rejoice in a right now and eternal rest.
No matter what you are dealing with right now, whether in your heart, in your life, or as is most common, both, Jesus offers you rest and acceptance in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He longs to comfort us, to refresh us, to lead us, to guide us, and to rejoice with us both now and in eternity.
As Christians, are we living, thinking, doing, and saying out of this place of acceptance and rest from and with God? We know if we are or not. And if we are not, then let us run to Jesus, as ones saved but perhaps having wasted some time needlessly suffering at our hesitance to fully entrust our whole and complete life to his gentle graces.