“The Good News” (Romans 10: 11, John 14: 6; ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul writes, “For the Scripture says, ‘ Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.’ ”

Jesus says, “I Am the Truth, the Way, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Paul writes, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” (Romans 10: 8)

Our hearts carry our belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. With our mouths, we confess our belief. As we privately believe and publicly confess this belief, we are first justified and then saved. “For everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10: 13)

Salvation can’t be that simple, say many. Paul says it is.

Words may emerge from the mouth, but if the heart does not hold the belief behind the words, they do not save. The heart may believe, but if the mouth fails to confess openly this belief before others, then that belief is fruitless.

Paul says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10: 10 – 11)

Then Paul reminds us “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10: 15)

“You Know The Way” (John 14: 6, ESV) by Carley Evans

Jesus tells His disciples, “You know the way to where I am going.” But Thomas challenges this, saying, “How can we know the way?” (John 14: 4, 5)

Jesus then tells Thomas, “I Am the way, and the truth, and the life.” And He adds, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Thomas expresses his own consternation, “Lord, we do not know where You are going.” (John 14: 5)

To where is Jesus going? He is going to the garden to pray for release from His mission and to submit to that mission as it is the will of His Father. He is then going to court, to bear jeers and beatings. Then He is going to the Cross, to suffer a physical death at the hands of men. Ultimately He is going to the Father to prepare a place for Thomas, to prepare a place for each of us who believe.

Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, where are You going?” (John 13: 36) Jesus tells Peter that he is unable to follow now, but only later will be able to follow Him. Peter protests. Jesus tells Peter a truth too horrid for Peter to grasp — that Peter will deny his Lord three times before a rooster crows twice.

In the next breath, Jesus tells His friends not to be troubled. “Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14: 1)

Jesus says that we know the way — He is the way. He tells us we cannot follow Him, that we will deny Him at some point. He implies we will repent, and that once we have, He will use us to strengthen others.

He tells us not to be troubled — to trust that He goes to prepare a place for us; and that He will return for us. He tells us that the path is not easy, but that the burden is nevertheless light.

“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I Am you may be also. And you know the way to where I Am going.” (John 14: 3 – 4)

“Not An External Act” (John 17: 17, ESV) by Carley Evans

Jesus prays, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.”

The Word transforms. Knowing the Word, knowing truth is not an intellectual undertaking — rather knowing the Word is a day to day transformation. We are being made holy by the Word of God as we remain in the presence of God via His Word. God’s Word gives us access to the truth of God — who He is, what He plans, how He accomplishes His goal to unite all things under one authority, Jesus Christ.

Holiness or sanctification is not an external act. Rather, becoming sacred is a setting aside. God sets us aside; He calls us His own. He reveals Himself fully in His Word. His Word is truth. Jesus is the truth.

Jesus proclaims, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me…I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14: 1, 6)

Take off your shoes; this ground is sacred — set aside, made holy by the presence of the Lord God Almighty.