Grow Deep: I AM Edition, Week 3
Week 3 – February 28-March 6
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life …
“Jesus answered, ‘I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” - John 14:6
Trouble always seems to be able to find us. We are told that we don’t have to go looking for trouble, it comes to us. Things seem to be going well and then it comes. Trouble … trouble with finances, trouble with relationships, trouble with health, trouble at work, trouble at school, and the list goes on and on. Theodore Roosevelt said, “If you kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.” We are sinners who live in a sinful world. Some of the trouble that finds us is of our own making. Some of the trouble that finds us comes from other sources. Whatever the reason for our troubles, Jesus reminds us where to turn when trouble comes. “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.”
The disciples were troubled because Jesus told them He was going away. He told them not to be troubled, but to continue to believe in God and His Son. Jesus was going to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house. He was not abandoning them in their troubled state. He was assuring them that His mission was to come and die for them and for us. We look to Jesus for salvation, for truth, for wisdom. He Himself said, “I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life.” We know that our salvation is sure because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us, His disciples. Jesus has prepared a place for all disciples in heaven. He will return to welcome us home.
Wednesday, February 28
Read: John 14:1-7
Jesus encourages with His words of promise, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Faith in Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, brings joy even in the midst of trouble.
Reflect: Where do you go when trouble comes? What words in the text bring you comfort?
For the Family: Have you ever been lost? How did it feel when someone showed you the “way” to get back to your parents or friends? Jesus tells us that if we believe in Him, we will not be lost. How does that knowledge make you feel?
Thursday, March 1
Read: Psalm 25:1-5
We are encouraged to trust in the Lord at all times. In this Psalm of David, he longs for the Lord. There are enemies around who seek David’s downfall. David trusts in the Lord, and he does not want that trust to be in vain or “to be put to shame.” David knows, and we need to know this too, that when we put our trust in God, that trust will not be in vain. David’s enemies intend harm, but David knows that God will deliver him. That’s why he prays, “Make me to know Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth.” When we want to know the Truth, we look to Jesus. He is the Truth.
Memorize: “Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” (Psalm 25:5)
Reflect: For what answers to prayer are you waiting? How does God’s word of truth give you confidence that your prayers will be answered?
For the Family: What do you think it means to trust someone? How do we know we can trust God? How does the Lord show us His ways?
Friday, March 2
Read: 1 Corinthians 2
God gives His wisdom in His Word. His wisdom helps us mature in the faith, having the mind of Christ. Having the mind of Christ means that we think, act and form opinions with the wisdom that comes from above, not from earthly wisdom. Paul writes, “For I have decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” We look to Jesus for wisdom, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Reflect: How are you maturing in your faith? What does it mean for you to have the mind of Christ?
For the Family: What is wisdom? In this Bible reading, the Apostle Paul talks about the One who knows the thoughts of God and teaches us. Who is that? How do we know the Spirit of God?
Saturday, March 3
Read: Mark 14:1-9
Mary, the sister of Martha, does a generous and selfless thing for Jesus. She took an alabaster flask of very expensive perfume (worth a year’s wages), broke it and anointed Jesus’ head. Her action showed her love for, and faith, in Jesus. She knew He was and is the Way, the Truth and the Life. There were others in the crowd who thought the money could be put to much better use by giving it to the poor. Jesus defended her act of love and put it into perspective. Her action glorified God.
Reflect: How do your actions demonstrate the faith God has created in you? How can you show your generosity for all God has done for you?
For the Family: Think about someone who has been very generous to you. Why are they so generous? How can you be generous to another person? How can you be generous for Jesus?
Sunday, March 4
Read: Isaiah 42:1-9
We want justice. We want people who have done wrong to be brought to justice. This passage tells us that it is the servant of God who will bring justice. Jesus is that servant, His chosen one, sent to be our Savior. We look to Him for our salvation; He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Reflect: What ministry was Jesus sent to do? What comfort do you find in this passage?
For the Family: Discuss with your family what the word justice means? Who are the people in our government today who are to rule with justice? Who does Isaiah say in these verses will bring justice to the nations? How will He do that?
Monday, March 5
Read: Matthew 20:29-34
Jesus shows His love for all people including the hurting and downtrodden. He demonstrates His divinity by healing two blind men. It was in Jericho, a town about 15 miles from Jerusalem, where two blind men cried out to Jesus in spite of being rebuked by the crowd, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The two men knew that Jesus had the power to heal them. Jesus had mercy on the two men and gave them their sight. He is the Son of God who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He helps the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached (Matthew 11:5). He is our salvation!
Reflect: What has Jesus done for you? How is His mercy new for you every day?
For the Family: How does Jesus show His love for the two men who cry out to Him? How does He show His love for us?
Tuesday, March 6
Read: John 17
Jesus not only tells us to pray, He prays. He prays a beautiful prayer in these verses. He prays first for Himself, that He would accomplish the work of salvation He was sent to do. He prays for His disciples, that they would be prepared for what was coming and that God would protect them from Satan. He also prays for us that we may be united in the purpose He gives. Gary Baumler writes in John: The People’s Bible, “To understand Jesus’ prayer better, let us pinpoint the sequence of His petitions: He prayed that all who believe in Him may be one; that they may be in the Father and the Son; that the world may believe in Him. He has given His believers glory that they may be one; that they may be brought to complete unity; that the world may know that the Father sent Jesus and has loved the believers.” Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is our salvation. We glorify Him in all we are and in all we do by the Spirit’s power.
Reflect: What are you praying for? How can you share the Good News of Jesus with family, friends and neighbors? What comfort do you get knowing that Jesus prays for you?
For the Family: In this prayer, Jesus prays for Himself, for His close friends at that time (His disciples), and He prays for us. See if you can find what He prays for each of them. Spend time with your family praying.