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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Long Days, Short Days

Stayed up for nearly 24 hours again from Sunday morning to Monday morning, then of course, I wrestled with sleep, hence, a long day and a short day, Arrgh!

Got up Sunday morning at about 8:30 am. Had a bite to eat. Took the family to church, enjoyed the sermon and fellowship. Went out to lunch with my wife and the new pastor and his wife. Back to the church for play rehearsal and got home about 7 in the evening... A few hours later I was off to work at 11 pm. Got home at 6:30 am... And, you guessed it, had a rough time sleeping. Woke up at 11 am. After about 4 hours of shut eye. God was speaking to me as I lay in bed about some things. I was compelled to get up and write them down.
Things like Jesus saying, " I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me." (John 14:6)
This is a heavy statement!
First, we must evaluate the words "I am." And who Jesus is saying He is here. In Exodus 3:14 Moses was asking God, who shall I say is sending me? God said to Moses, "I Am who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Now, either Jesus was a liar, a prophet, or told the truth.
Jesus said, "I am the way"... The way? The way to where?
Jesus said, "I am the truth"... Truth? Truth of what?
Jesus said, "I am the life, no one comes to the father except through me. Rather boastful, wouldn't you think?
"I am the way..." The way through the valley of the shadow of death. (Psalm 23:4) This is who Jesus is. He is the way through the valley of the shadow of death. What is this shadow of death? (Shadow: A reflected image, not the real, true thing)
Where is this valley of death? Could it be this place we now dwell? Earth, The physical world? Is this just a shadow place then? A shadow place to die physically?
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death... If so, where is the real death going to take place? Could it be a final death? Maybe even a spiritual death?
"I am the truth..." "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." (John 8:32)
Does knowing Jesus somehow set us free? And if so, free from what? How do you go about knowing Jesus?
Could it be so simple as to read the Bible? Is that how you get to know Jesus? Would that make the Bible, The Truth?!
Could it be that knowing the truth, knowing Jesus will set you free from the shadow of death? "And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgement: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall He appear a second time without sin unto salvation." (Heb. 9:27-28)
"I am the life..."
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat."
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me. That I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:29-40)

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."(For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?" (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, "Give me a drink," you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock. "Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water."(John 4:7-15)
So, In conclusion, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and the only way to the father, which is eternal life.
Now you know why I couldn't sleep!!!


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