Track Group | 21.4

Track Group | 21.4

Track Group | 21.4

Hi Everyone and welcome to our sixth Track Group Online!

We’ve just started to look at the I AM statements that Jesus made. There were seven and last week we looked at Jesus saying that he is the resurrection and the life.

This week we are going to think about what Jesus meant by:

“I am the way and the truth and the life.”
John 14:6

When I think about “the way” it makes me think about all the ways that we know the way to where we are going.
For me this means driving or walking. We can use maps and road signs to get to where we are going.

Have a look at these road signs and, for a bit of fun, comment bellow with some funny alternate meanings for the road signs!
Make sure to say which one you’re changing the meaning of…

So what does it mean for Jesus to say that He is the way, the truth and the life?

First thing’s first let’s get that verse in the context that Jesus said it in…

John 14:1-14 (NIV)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Jesus the Way to the Father
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Easter

When Jesus says that He is the way he is talking to the disciples about the way to life. True life. Eternal life in God’s Kingdom. The disiples are like “can’t you just give us the map?!” But Jesus in effect tells them that He is the map. He is the signpost. He is the direction to follow. The satnav voice.

How do you get to this life? Follow Jesus.

Who is Jesus? Well, this conversation adds even more clarity to that.

After Jesus has told the disciples that He is the way he also tells them that, as they know Him (Jesus) they also know the Father (God.) It’s a trinity thing.
Jesus is God. When we hear stories about Jesus we aren’t just hearing about a pretty awesome guy from the Near East… We are hearing and seeing how God would act and respond.

Wow! So when we hear stories of miracles… we know that’s God’s heart being expressed.
Can you think of any miracles you remember in the Bible?
What do they tell you about God’s heart?

There is an awesome song that we use in the Kids work at Christ Church; it’s called All Through History. I’ll pop it in as one of the worship songs at the end of the session. Basically the song is all about how we can look back at God’s faithfulness through the whole Biblical story to remind ourselves that God is faithful forever. Even now. In the middle of all this stuff God is faithful and we know that because we know Jesus.

If you have’t already seen it, The Junction on Sunday was all about the road to Emmaus and how the two disciples were changed after their encounter with the risen Jesus.
It’s through personal encounter with Jesus through the Holy Spirit that we experience what God is like. We can do that by reading and studying God’s word in the Bible, through worship, prayer and practicing self-giving love.

People dressed great in 2004!

Prayer Activity

Spend some time reading and reflecting on this little poem:

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

Dear God we thank you that we can know you. Through your word and through your Holy Spirit.
Help us to use this time at home to pray more, to read your word and to reflect on your faithfulness.
We pray for all those who are going through tough times as this virus is effecting us all in a variety of different ways.
Help us to show the love of Jesus in our homes and online.
Amen.

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