If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him. (John 14:7)
Faith is essentially founded and built on a knowledge of God, and this is perhaps why so many believers struggle in this area. After all, who can truly claim to ‘know God?’ It is utterly impossible for the human mind to fully comprehend the magnitude of the I AM. This the the creator and sustainer of the universe, who holds the universe in the palm of His hand. This is the God who ordains and orders the seasons and the tides, who’s very essence is holiness, whose power and majesty defy description.
All of this is a little daunting, because it places mankind very squarely in perspective as a teeny speck in an awesome vastness that lies beyond our understanding. We are but a blink in eternity. Yet the Bible also teaches that God is merciful, faithful, steadfast in love. How do we reconcile these eternal extremes into something we can grasp hold of?
Jesus gave us the answer to that – Himself. He did not tell us that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life for nothing. Those words are inextricably linked to the verse for today. In willingly setting aside His majesty and being born as man, part of His ministry was revealing the Father to us. What we cannot hope to grasp on our own, God Himself has revealed to us through the person of Christ.
As the Way, Jesus laid down His life. He took our sin to the cross so that we could be forgiven and reconciled, justified and made righteous. He also revealed the great love that God has for us – a love that was willing to give all, even before we knew and loved Him. Jesus provided us with a way to know God and to receive His love. In knowing and loving Jesus, we come to know and love the Father.
Christ is the Truth made manifest. He is a living testimony to everything God is, and is thus the absolute proof that we can trust that God is all He says He is, and will do all He says He will do. The cross was never God’s ‘Plan B’ – it was a solution put in place at the beginning of time, a solution to transcend both time an eternity, a forever-assurance of the faithfulness of God and unshakeable truth of His Word. Jesus is the Truth – risen, resurrected, totally triumphant, the totality of every Word that God has spoken to His people.
Finally, Jesus is the manifest life of God in us. He is the living proof and the source of eternal life, that same life that God breathed into man at creation, and then again at our spiritual rebirth. He didn’t just give His life at the cross. He gives it at our rebirth – the life that is eternal and part of God Himself for all eternity. This is how God makes us ‘sons’ and ‘heirs’ – by giving to us the same life that He gave His son at the resurrection. It lifts us from the world and places us in the Kingdom of Heaven. This life is eternal, and it starts the moment we find salvation. Yes, it still needs to manifest in full at the resurrection, but it’s already at work in our spirits, bringing us into fellowship with God through the work of the Holy Spirit in us.
It’s an incredibly humbling realization, that God understands our humanness, our inadequacy, or inability to fully comprehend Him and all He is. So much so, that He provided a solution so incredibly complete and perfect that nothing is left to chance. In those moments when we struggle with faith, or find ourselves questioning ourselves or God’s will in any situation, we need only look to Christ. To know Jesus is the only way to truly know God. In Him is every single attribute, every conceivable revelation of the will, the plan and purpose of God. As we follow Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Him to us day by day, the reality of who God is and what He desires will become clearer.
There is no doubt, no confusion, no anxiety that cannot be met through the knowledge of Jesus. He Himself is the physical manifestation of the I AM of God, and is also the Way, the Truth and the Life – saving grace at it’s most profound and perfect simplicity.
Thank You, Lord, that You think of everything. Thank You, Jesus, for being our daily teacher, guide, strength and source of life. Help us to draw nearer each day, to always see through the doorway of the cross, to a salvation that is infinite and eternal, the source of our faith, our hope and our worship.