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).

Easter


St Wilfrid's C of E Academy - Devotional Blog - Easter

Posted on: 26th March 2018

What do you think of when you think of Easter? Eggs? Holidays? Jesus? The Cross?

For some it is these four things: Forgiven. Family. Freedom. Future.

Why?

Well it’s simple really, each time we read the Bible we have new revelation of who God is, what he has done and why. When we read the Bible bearing in mind we know the Easter story and Jesus, we can’t miss these four things.

Firstly, at Easter time, we remember that Jesus’ agonising death on the cross means that He paid the price for our sinfulness and selfishness. Easter reminds us that we can be FORGIVEN by God – ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.’  (1 John 1 v 9).

And through this loving, sacrificial act, we can become adopted into God’s FAMILY – ‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of His household.’ (Ephesians 2 v 19). God is our Father, Jesus our ever-present older-brother, the Holy Spirit our constant helper, and the Church is our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Then, the fact that Jesus defeated death through His resurrection, reminds us that nothing is impossible for God and we can experience FREEDOM from our struggles and suffering. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5 v 1).

In this resurrection is our hope for the FUTURE, that we will one day be with God forever in His perfect new heaven and earth – “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.” (Revelation 21 v 4-6 NIV)

Be encouraged this Easter that when Jesus died on the cross and the plan to rescue eternity was set into motion, God had YOU in mind.