The Way, The Truth, and the Lifeby Kristi Kloverhouse
This post first appeared on Kristi’s blog. You can read more on her blog as she completes her series, Simply Noel.
You know, God is so amazing. The way His purposes and plans are so divinely woven through all time – from the first word spoken at Creation to the words yet to be spoken in eternity, His words and work never cease to amaze. For generations, God foretold the coming of the Christ child through prophets, psalms and angelic visitations.
As I was reading the story of Jesus’ birth again last week, I saw a beautiful thing, and I was reminded of what Jesus said, as recorded in John 14:6.
And Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”
The way. The truth. The life.
And then it hit me.
The star. The angel. The birth.
A star to lead the way… An angel to announce the truth… The Son of God bringing life to a fallen world through His birth…
Even as Jesus’ beginnings as the Savior unfolded, the mysteries of Heaven were being revealed.
The wise men in the field – the dreamers, philosophers, those watching in anticipation and expectation, observed the night sky and saw the sign pointing the way.
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before themuntil it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
– Matthew 2:9-10
The shepherds tending their flocks received the word of truth from God’s messenger:
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
– Luke 2:15-20
The birth of Jesus brought life to a dying world – a world lost in and bound to sin. His very delivery beat all odds – birthed in a manger, hunted by a jealous king…
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
– Matthew 1:21
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
– John 10:10
His life brought life. His life beat death from the start.
I live because He lives.
You live because He lives.
Enjoy the amazing and sweet parallel between the story of His birth and John 14:6 today. Share the miracles of His story with your friends and loved ones, and don’t be afraid to read your Bible with expectation. When the Word of God comes alive and amazing revelations start to knock at your spirit, embrace them. God is speaking to you, to me, and He tells the best stories, so let’s always be listening.