Jesus answered, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
On Epiphany, the Gentile Christmas, the church recalls how the path of the wise men to the infant Jesus was directed by the divinely-given star. The devotion for today reflects on how our path should be illuminated by another divinely given light.
Walking the trails through the hills near the Thai-Burma border is very invigorating. Climbing the steep inclines gets the heart beating faster. Far from cities and pollution, the air is wonderfully clean and fresh. Without having to look through a haze of smoke from cars and factories, the sky is such a vivid blue that it almost doesn't seem real.
But walking those trails can also be frustrating because it's very easy to go the wrong way. Every few minutes we would reach another place where two, three or even four trails crossed. Each trail looked like it could be the right way to go, but each trail went in a different direction. Only the able assistance of a local guide prevented us from wandering around in circles for hours. Many trails appeared to be good trails, but only one was the correct way to our destination.
Jesus describes Himself as the Way, the only way to be close to God and to live with Him eternally. Many people have a variety of ideas about how to have true peace and joy, about how to find God and about how to reach heaven. Those ideas appear to be good. Unfortunately, they ultimately fall short of the target. Jesus came down from heaven and returned to His Father in heaven. No one else has ever done that. He not only knows the way, but He is the Way. By believing in Jesus and following Him, we are able to go into the presence of God.
Jesus says that He is the Truth. He is the very source of truth. There is no falsehood in Him. Through His words and actions we can come to know the truth. Only the truth of Jesus can lead us to God.
And Jesus is the Life. Through Jesus we can have a full and complete life here on earth. Only through Jesus can we have eternal life with God in heaven.
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, no one can come to God except through You. Show me the way. Reveal the truth clearly to me and give me the life that only You can give. In Your Name. Amen.
Biography of Author: The author of today's international devotion is Denis Denow of Racine, Wisconsin. Denow is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago, and has been involved in Asia ministry since 1980. He has served as a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod missionary in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Thailand. He enjoys reading, traveling, guitar and running. He says this about his devotions: "Jesus is the central focus of Christianity. To truly understand the Christian faith, we must understand who Jesus is. The devotion is designed to help both Christians and non-Christians understand Jesus more clearly. To accomplish this, we are using the words of Jesus to see how Jesus describes Himself. May God use this devotion to draw His people closer to Himself and reveal Himself clearly to many who don't know Him."
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries