“In The Face of Doubt” ( Matthew 28 : 18 – 20, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“The eleven disciples travel to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus directs them. When they see Him, they worship, but some doubt.” (Matthew 28: 16 – 17, HCSB)

“Some doubt:”  In that moment of doubt, Jesus reassures them. He tells them that “all authority has been given to Me” both here on earth and above in heaven. Jesus reminds them that He is the Christ, the One who is to come; the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; the way, the truth, and the life.

And, He commands them to “go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Not only that, He tells them to “teach them to observe everything I command you.”

Jesus wants us to “make disciples.” He doesn’t just want people to hear about Him; He doesn’t just want people to be baptized. Instead He wants us to teach; to “make disciples.”

And, He is with us always, “to the end of the age.” His authority walks within us; and the earth belongs to Him.

“The Rescue” (Colossians 1: 13, NEB) by Carley Evans

“[God] rescues us from the domain of darkness and brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son, in whom our release is secured and our sins forgiven.”

Imagine a man drowning in the ocean. He has no way to rescue himself; he has kicked off his shoes, has tread water for as long as he is able; now, he is sinking. His end is near. Now imagine a rescue; perhaps a helicopter spotting him before he goes under for the last time lowers a boom and a strong arm reaches down into the ocean water and pulls him “from the domain of darkness” to safety. His “release” from his death “is secured;” and not by his own efforts.

God rescues us. He secures our release; He forgives us our sins. Not only this, but He “brings us away into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Our salvation is complete; we add nothing to it. The Word of God does not say, “Take two aspirin and call Me in the morning.” The Word of God says, “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” The Word of God says, “No one comes to the Father but by Me.”

“The Way Everlasting” (Psalm 139: 23 – 24, ESV) by Carley Evans

Who is it who leads us in “way everlasting?” Is it ourselves? I think not. Instead, our prayer is that God Himself should “search [us], know [our] hearts, try [us] and know [our] thoughts.” Then, once He discovers those ways in us which are “grievous,” He should “lead [us]” out of them and into His pasture, His way.

Jesus says, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life.”

And He promises that anyone who comes to Him will never thirst again.

“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)