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January 10, 2020
This Sunday I begin a three part sermon series on a familiar scripture - John 14: 6 -7.
"Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me." (The Message)
Many times over the years, I have heard this text quoted in support of specific beliefs tied to certain groups within Christianity:
1) That the fulfillment or joy we all hope to experience will only be realized in heaven.
2) Anyone not a Christian (or a particular type of believer) will automatically be excluded from understanding these interpretations and their applications, but submit that they miss the full meaning of this text. This becomes obvious when placed in their original historic context. And when understood solely through this particular perspective, miss the powerful meaning they offer for living today. Jesus reiterated this truth when he said, ”I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.” This promise is not limited to someday, but offered as a possibility for living today. This is missed when interpreted as the singular key to the pearly gates. And if so, begs us to ask, “What about those who have never been introduced to Jesus?” or “What about those who died before he was even born?” Could there be something else behind Jesus’ words?
This month we will look at this text as to what else it might be saying to us. I believe that the happiness, peace and joy we associate with heaven can be leaned into today. How?
Join us for worship this month as we examine this passage and determine what we find it to mean.
My book study, The Courage to be Disliked, will partner with our Sunday mornings as we discuss what it means to realize happiness and fulfillment in life, today. I hope to see you there!
Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann