Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast Episode 111 - The Way the Truth and the Life
Welcome to the Terri Hitt – Live With Eternal Perspective Podcast
Episode #111 – The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Thank you for entrusting and investing your precious time with me to seek, find, and follow Jesus together and live with purposed eternal perspective.
My children ask a lot of questions. I’ve always encouraged curiosity and learning. We believe there are no dumb or silly questions. In fact, I teach that the smarter a person is, the more questions they will ask.
There is one specific question each person should ask during their lifetime. The question, “Who is Jesus?” will cause them to seek the most important answer each person will need to discover.
When most people are asked this question, they answer in simple terms. Perhaps they say Jesus is God’s Son. Maybe they answer that He is their Savior. While both are true, Jesus Christ is so much more. Even the truths I present in this podcast will not come close to everything that Jesus is and will be.
When we think of the characteristics of Jesus, the first qualities that may spring to mind are words such as: God, Teacher, Judge, Sinless, Obedient, Mediator, Savior, Eternal, Heir, Healer, Servant, King, Son, Anointed, and Resurrected. All of these are true and accurate, but still don’t grasp the beauty and majesty of Jesus. Words are easy to use without pondering the rich meaning of the description.
Without the blessed resource of scripture to back truths about Jesus, I think it is impossible for our human mind and heart to grasp all that Jesus really is. Even when we read the bible and learn all we can about Jesus, He is so far above and beyond us that we struggle to fathom His glory.
As was written in the gospel of John, Jesus is the divine Son of God who came to this world in human flesh to save all who believe in Him.
Jesus changes lives. Our pursuit of Jesus invites Him to renew our soul and spirit.
Studying Jesus arouses new belief or affirms existing belief in Him.
In fact, whether you believe in Who He proclaims to be or not, most people at least believe Jesus lived.
Those who hold a special relationship with Jesus because we have read the scriptures and believed the testimonies, know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and receive new life in His name. Scripture clearly proves that Jesus is the only way for us to receive life on earth and for eternity in heaven.
Let’s examine 8 basic bible verses that reveal some of what Jesus came to earth to complete for the Father and for us. This is where we view and absorb the truth that Jesus is more than God in flesh on earth, and regard His Divine character and Supreme nature.
1. Jesus is our example of obedience. John 6:38 says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me.” Jesus’ focus remained on His Father and what God called Him to do.
2. Jesus warns us of the thief. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” Jesus steadfastly warned of the devil and his wickedness, as well as the promise and security through steadfastly remaining with the Father and finding new life through Jesus.
3. Jesus is our light. John 12:46 says, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should remain in darkness.” Jesus came to give new, eternal life and conquered the darkness of evil and death through His light.
4. Jesus is our Conquering King. John 18:37 says, “Then You are a king!” Pilate said. “You say that I am a king,” Jesus answered. “For this reason I was born and have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to My voice.” Jesus is the King of Kings calling for all who will accept His truth and follow.
5. Jesus is truth. Mark 1:38 says, “But Jesus answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns so I can preach there as well, for that is why I have come.” Jesus made time to minister and live His life in this world as He walked among us in earthly flesh, but He never forgot His purpose or that He was the Truth He was to make known.
6. Jesus is our healer. Mark 2:17 says, “On hearing this, Jesus told them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus saw and loved each person. Although He didn’t bow to their sin or join in it, he associated with sinners because they needed to hear to find healing.
7. Jesus is our judge. John 9:39 says, “Then Jesus declared, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” After we turn to Christ, we begin to see Him differently. Walking with Jesus alters us, opens our eyes and heart to His truth. Once we have heard the truth of Jesus and experienced Him, we receive spiritual understanding and insight. Those who reject Him, ignoring Truth through self-righteousness or pride, will remain in earthly blindness.
8. Jesus is eternal life. John 14:6 says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.” Jesus is the only way to God. Not a limited path, but clear and exact, Jesus extends the Way, a path to God. As Truth, He defines clarity of God. As Life, Jesus came in the flesh of man, joining creator to created, heaven to earth, divine to earthly.
Deserving of all the glory and honor we can give Him, Jesus clearly models life on earth and in heaven in many other ways, as well. Instead of making my main focus what Jesus gives me, I want my life focus to be on knowing Who Jesus is. Is this the cry of your heart?
As we come to realize more about the deity of Jesus, we realize how far we are from Him and how much we need Him to sustain and rescue us. After being justified through faith in Jesus Christ, sanctification follows as we allow Him to erase our sinful nature and we are fashioned into a new creation as the Holy Spirit works within us. Praise God that I am not the same person I was when I first began my life as a follower of Jesus! A life submitted cannot remain unaltered. Do you see His work within you, too?
Scripture presents an in-depth look at Who Jesus is and how He is able to make such a profound change in the world and within us. Of course, I can never list all that Jesus is, has done, or will be, but God’s holy word makes Him known. Just as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end.”
Jesus gives us life, fills every void in our life, and is the way to everlasting life.
Three major points will be our focus as we search scripture to learn more about Jesus. As I read, rest in the truths, comforts, promises, and power of His holy word. As Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
The first set of bible verses I share will prove Jesus’ obedience. Through them we see that He is the perfect example for us to follow.
1. Jesus is The Way
John 4:34 says, “Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.”
John 5:19 says, “So Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
John 5:30 says, “I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.”
John 6:38 says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me.”
John 8:28 says, “So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own, but speak exactly what the Father has taught Me.”
John 8:42 says, “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on My own, but He sent Me.”
John 10:37-38 says, “If I am not doing the works of My Father, then do not believe Me. But if I am doing them, even though you do not believe Me, believe the works themselves, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.”
John 12:49-50 says, “I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it. And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told Me to say.”
John 14:10 says, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father dwelling in Me, performing His works.”
John 14:31 says, “But I do exactly what the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.”
John 15:9-11 says, “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”
John 17:4-5 says, “I have glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with the glory I had with You before the world existed.”
How much we learn from studying and following the life of Jesus! Perfect in every way, He obediently follows where God has called. Lord, our heart cries for you to make us more like You!
2. Jesus is Truth
John 7:37 says, “On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”
John 16:13 says, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work that God has done from beginning to end.”
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 8:31b-32 says, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 1:17-18 says, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.”
Lord, thank you for exposing truth to us! If we know You, we know Truth. This world seeks relative truth or how we feel instead of learning and clinging to Your truths, the standard that gives us life.
3. Jesus is Life
John 1:1-5 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.”
John 6:33 says, “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
John 6:48 says, “I am the bread of life.”
John 7:37-38 says, “On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’”
John 8:12 says, “Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 10:7 says, “So He said to them again, “Truly, truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.”
John 10:11 says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
John 11:25 says, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me will live, even though he dies.”
John 14:6-7 says, “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”
Jesus, You are Life! Thank you for telling us so clearly that the way to live an abundant life is through You. Cause us to desire You and Your definition of abundance so deeply that we cannot stop learning more about You and allowing You to shine more clearly through us for others to grasp the life that exists in and with You.
John 21:25 says, “There are many more things that Jesus did. If all of them were written down, I suppose that not even the world itself would have space for the books that would be written.”
This podcast has barely touched on what scripture teaches about Jesus. Beyond what our mind can grasp, Jesus speaks to our heart and whispers for us to recognize and accept Him into our life. It is my prayer that you continue deep study of His word on your own and cling to the Way, the Truth, and the Life with passionate love that grows as you draw nearer to Him.
Jesus causes us to look beyond our selfish desires and forces us to ponder the meaning of life and an everlasting existence through eternal perspective. Jesus allows us to see God in flesh at work in our personal life and in all of humanity. How will you respond to Jesus? Once we know and submit to Christ, we are never the same.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that through Christ we have been crucified. We have assurance that we no longer live, but Christ lives within us. We know there is no longer condemnation for those of us in Christ Jesus, for we have been set free from the law of sin and death. We praise You Father, for Your goodness and Your everlasting love for us. May we reflect You more and more each moment. May we live good and pleasing lives in Your sight, and by Your estimation, in all godliness and dignity. Thank you that You make Yourself known and that You give us assurance of one way to You, through Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as a ransom for all and is our perfect Mediator. May we reflect Your beauty, love, and honor You with our thoughts and ways. In the precious name of Jesus, our Way, truth, and Life we pray. Amen.
Thank you for listening to this episode. I’m humbled to share that my second podcast, “Purposed Parent/Connected Child” has released! I hope you will look for it, follow it, and share both podcasts with friends or family who would like to choose Christ over culture and be a parent (or be a grandparent) who connects with eternal purpose. If you find value in what you hear, would you please also place a rating and review at Apple Podcasts or Spotify to enable others to find each podcast?
Now that I am writing and hosting two podcasts, I will release episodes of each show every other week instead of in a weekly format. For example, since the Live With Eternal Perspective podcast released this week, the Purposed Parent/Connected Child podcast will release next week. Some weeks, I may release bonus episodes, making weekly releases, so be sure to watch for those extra episodes when they occur.
Please remember, if we are not purposed in knowing Jesus ourselves and showing Him to the next generation, the world will direct them away from Christ. Live With Eternal Perspective helps us to find, trust, and follow Christ more intimately. Purposed Parent/Connected Child shares biblical, practical truths for parents and grandparents to influence and mentor Christ over culture.
I pray that the podcasts draw you nearer to God and help you cling to Him, despite any circumstances in your life. Until next week, keep looking Up while focusing on new ways to Live With Eternal Perspective.