Being Sure When You Feel Insecure
Do you feel insecure? In John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." Did Jesus say this because he wanted us to know that Muslims, Jews, Hindus, secularists and some vegans are all wrong? Was this some kind of cosmic win-lose statement? Was Jesus saying, "follow me or you are screwed?" As always the context of a verse is helpful. John 13 tells us that Jesus was having a dialogue with his disciples over a meal where he used some of the food to describe how he would die. Not exactly a party favor. Judas had just gone through the door to betray Jesus for some extra cash. Peter had just been told he would deny Jesus and suffer for him later. And then Jesus tells them he is going to leave them for a while, maybe even a long while.
This was a bad night. The disciples were not living the dream, they were living the nightmare. Insecurities were running high.
When Jesus told them he was the way and the truth and the life, other religions were the furthest thing from anyone's mind.
What he was saying was that God had come after them. That God had made a way. A way to what? Jesus called the destination many things. The kingdom of God. The kingdom of heaven. Eternal life. Abundant life. Life to the full. The family of God. God's house.
God had made a way. Religion is us making a way to God. Jesus is God making a way to us. A way that is full of truth and life. A way that can make us secure.
God has come after us. No one else has. We share our faith not because we are right and others are wrong. This was not Jesus' point or posture. This idea would be totally inconsistent with his way which is marked by love, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, grace and justice. We share our faith because Jesus said, "I am the way" and we can say, "I am secure." We share our faith because we want others to feel secure as well.
If this is the greatest gift any of us have ever received, how could we not share it with others? What a great reason to feel secure.