Did you know that Jesus knew that he was going to die on the cross before it happened? He also knew that he would rise again from the dead and, after a while, go up into heaven to be with God. But the disciples didn’t know. He wanted to prepare his disciples for what would happen. After he rode into Jerusalem, he told them that he would leave and go to God the Father to make a place for them to come, too. “But how can we come with you, Jesus?” they asked. “We don’t know the way to where you are going.” Jesus said to them, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He wanted them to know that believing in him is the only way that they could go to God. It is the only way that anyone can go to God. Earlier Jesus had said that he is like a door that all the sheep have to come through if they want to come in and be safe in the fold (John 10:7). Jesus said very clearly that the only way we can be forgiven by God and get to be with God is if we trust in Jesus and what he did for us when he died on the cross. After Jesus was arrested by the soldiers, he told the governor, Pilate, that the reason he was born into the world was to witness to the truth (John 18:37). He is the true way to everlasting life.
Dear Jesus, we praise you and you only because you are the way, the truth, and the life. We know that we can be saved in no one else. Amen.
Activity: Look at poster of the gulf between us and God–Have the child stick on the cross as the way across. Look at poster of the door between us and God–the door is the cross.
(No activity tomorrow)