Crumbs
October 21, 2020
89. Week of Quinquagesima Sunday - Thursday
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
          I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father but by Me.   John 14:6
          What terror must have seized upon the disciples, the poor sheep, that night in which their Lord was betrayed, in which the Shepherd was slain! For that reason He lingered long with them at the table after the paschal supper, seeking to comfort them, to strengthen and steel them for the approaching hours as well as for every evil hour in days to come. "Let not your heart be troubled," He said kindly. "You believe in God, believe also in Me." And at once He directed them to the goal which they were bent on reaching, by saying: "In my Father's house are many mansions." There they are to remain forever. If, however, a doubt should harass their poor soul, He wished to tell them that He was now going to prepare a place for them. And though He is doing this, He assures them that, nevertheless, He will come again and receive them to Himself, that where He is, they may also be. "And," He continued, "where I go you know, and the way you know." The way to the Father, He would say, is familiar to you. Thereupon Thomas said, disappointed and sad: "Lord, we do not know where You are going; and how can we know the way?" Jesus answered him: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but by Me." Jesus, the Saviour, the Sin-Atoner, the Propitiator, the Redeemer, the dear, kind, merciful Lord, whom we know so well from His Word, and who possesses our hearts, He, yes, He is the Way to the mansions of His Father. Through Him we are saved. If He is ours by faith, we are on the way that surely leads to heaven. He also is the Truth, the only Truth, fixed in God's eternal counsel; if we trust in Him, we cannot fail. And He is the Life, Eternal Life for us sinners; if we have Him, we have life. But without Him no man comes to the Father. He is the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life. Without Him there is no salvation. (John 14:1-16.) - Dear Christian, won't these words comfort, strengthen and steel you against sin and affliction and death and judgment, in life and death?
          PRAYER: - O Lord Jesus, since You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I, a poor sinner, am of good cheer. I know You, and You are mine, beloved Saviour! Keep me, O faithful Lord, lest I stray from You and err from the only way to salvation, forgetting the only saving truth, and losing eternal salvation. Let my eyes in faith be always fixed on You, and I shall assuredly obtain salvation. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
October 21, 2020