Pastor’s Corner

Tidings of Trinity
September 2020

  Jesus said: “I AM the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)

There were four Gospel writers, all of whom were guided by God (inspired) to tell the stories, the life and times of Jesus. Matthew was the story-teller, who related Jesus’ Jewish family background. Mark told us about Jesus, the high-energy action hero, who ran from town to town healing people. Luke was the “Details Man”, who gave “an orderly account” of Jesus’ life to his friend Theophilous. John was the intellectual – the professor who recorded abstract words and ideas from the lips of Jesus.
So, it is no wonder that John was there to hear Jesus say: “I AM” the way, the truth and the life.” What does truth look like? How much does life weigh? John used words like “peace” and “love” to describe Jesus’ work. What color is “peace”?
If all of this is confusing to you, you aren’t alone. The Pharisees didn’t understand Jesus when he said “I AM” – either. They accused Him of being deliberately unclear.
By the gift and grace of the Holy Spirit, you and I understand these abstract words recorded by John from Jesus’ lips. They tell us that the only WAY to peace with a perfect God is through faith in Jesus, who lived perfectly for us. The TRUTH about us is that by ourselves we are spiritually lost, but found by Jesus. Without Jesus, LIFE ends when we die. But, through faith in Jesus, LIFE goes on into eternity. LIFE with Jesus is perfect in happiness, health, and holiness.
That wasn’t so hard to understand, was it? Thank God for John, who helps us understand the abstract ideas of Jesus, the I AM!

Your Pastor and friend,

Dennis B. O’Neill