Jesus is the Life


Jesus is the Life

Posted on: 8th April 2019

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

What is in your attic? The daytime television programme encourages people to see if there is ‘cash’ in it. My attic is full of boxes. Each year we fill a memory box of all the amazing art work, projects, school books and cards from that year. In there go medals, certificates, achievements, clearing the way for the next season of success. These mementos of life will, I am led to believe, will fill our years of retirement with joy as we recall our early family experiences; looking back on the life we lived.

As we approach Holy Week, we are considering the words of Jesus, “I am the life”. Consider these words and the experiences that followed. Jesus is life, yet he died on the cross. I love how the New Testament writers record the real life examples of the responses to Jesus’ death.

John records of himself that he comforted Mary as they watched him on the cross (John 19:25). In John 18, we read of Judas who betrayed Jesus and Peter denied knowing him, three times. In Acts we read of Peter leading the early church, after he was restored by the resurrected Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit. We read in Acts 1 of the pain and hurt that Judas felt, unable to continue with life and the decision he made.

Judas reminds me of a story from a Welsh, farming village. Two young men left their farm one day, climbed to a neighbouring village, stole some sheep and returned home. This practice continued until they were caught. The punishment was that they were branded on their foreheads, S.T. (Sheep Thief), and expelled from their community. One left and got a ship, for a distant land where no one knew what he had done. Whenever he met someone new, they asked him about the mark on his head. He never found any peace or acceptance and his wrong choices followed him for the rest of his short life.

The second young man turned to the local priest, who found him a place to stay and gave him the job of maintaining the church and the grounds. Over time, the young man was able to help members of the community, the elderly and the youth. He became a support and help to others. One day, he overheard some children talking. “Who’s that man over there? Why does it say ST on his head?” said one child. “That’s easy,” said the other. “He’s the Saint. He helps everyone!”

We know the end of the Easter story. Jesus’ death and resurrection became the only way to a relationship with God. My prayer for you this week is that you consider your choice and response to this message, as we reflect on the responses of John, Peter, Judas and the two young men.

Jesus is the Truth


St Wilfrid's Devotional

Posted on: 1st April 2019

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

Where are you going? There are lots of great theories about where we will end up in five years. Some say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Others say “Tell me your life-shaping habits.” This week we are considering the statement of Jesus, that He is the truth.
I once heard a story that took place on an old style train, similar to those on Bond films or the Hogwarts Express. In one of the cabins there were four people doing stereotypical things. A young lady sat reading a magazine, an older lady was knitting, a student was sat bored – listening to his youth leader talking at him like youth leaders do. All of a sudden the train went through a tunnel, the lights went out and the cabin was in darkness. There were then two noises heard, that of a kiss and then the sound of a slap across the face. When the train emerged from the tunnel, the youth leader held his hurting face, embarrassed by what had happened.
Everyone in the cabin knew what had just taken place; but they all had contradictory explanations. The youth leader knew the student had taken his chance to kiss the young girl, who has slapped HIM instead of the student. The young girl laughed behind her magazine. She knew that the youth leader had tried to kiss her, but kissed the older lady by mistake and she slapped HIM. The older lady knew that the youth leader had kissed the young lady and got slapped for his unwanted affection. The student sat quietly, grateful that his youth leader had stopped talking.
My challenge for you this week is consider the truth of Jesus’ statement, that He is the truth. If He is, then we have no choice but to respond. In John 8:32, Jesus says, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” My prayer for you is that you will receive the freedom that comes from truth.
And if you would like to know what actually happened on the train, you know what to do (Matthew 7:7).