Through His amazing, enabling, and sustaining grace, Christ draws us to Himself.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6); following Christ is the only path to heaven. And His purposeful journey reveals a system of standards based on principles that express His warmth and love designed to meet the hearts of men. This power convinces and arrests the attention of His people…
- I AM — the Self-Existent and Almighty GOD
- the Way — He has shown us His Way, thereby giving us a Tool Box
- the Truth — True Experience
- the Life — Eternal Life
In Exodus 3:13, in his encounter at the burning bush, Moses put to God the anticipated question, “What is [your] name?” Then Moses asked, “What shall I say unto them?”...
And GOD said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM… (Exodus 3:14)
In this journey, Christ has pledged with HIS NAME that His DIVINE PRESENCE would be with us until the end (Matthew 28:20). This promise sets Him apart from all the foreign gods that we have known, because the SON of GOD has no limits, being Self-Existent…
“I AM the Bread of Life…” (John 6:35)
“I AM the Resurrection, and the Life…” (John 11:25)
“I AM the Light of the World…” (John 8:12)
“I AM the Door…” (John 10:9)
“I AM the Good Shepherd…” (John 10:11,14)
“Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)
Christ has given us the opportunity to accept or reject HIS LOVE, given with a very definite purpose designed to stir us up, thus prompting a response from us (1 John 4:19). As we continually accept HIS LOVE, according to His words, depending entirely on His miraculous power, He has pledged to remain our Good Shepherd and personal Savior.
“Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God” (Psalm 77:13). This path is glorious, because of the tool box that Christ has given to us through His mysterious blended divine-human nature (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16). “Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 78:1); “…This is the way, walk ye in it…” (Isaiah 30:21). Christ was the way when Adam lived, His blood represented in the sacrificial lamb offered by Abel (Gen 4:4). Christ made the covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15), and through his descendants set up a formal sacrificial system (Exodus 25:8), so that His voice as our High Priest might ever continue to be heard in a clear distinct way (Hebrews 3:1). With His truth and love, He opens the door of the hearts of men (Revelation 3:20). So we commit our daily affairs onto Him (Psalm 37:5). He is our nearest kin (Ruth 2:20); and He is in touch with our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). As our Good Shepherd, He has “trodden the winepress alone” (Isaiah 63:3). He is ever before us in this glorious journey, for these words are faithful and true (Revelation 22:6), causing us to make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). In Him can be found all of heavens blessings (Colossians 2:9), the Fountain of life (John 4:10,14), and the Source of all power (Matthew 28:18; Revelation 12:10), as Christ unites us to Himself and each other (John 17:21). To know the only true God, and being in oneness with Him, in preparation for eternal life (John 17:3).
“Not by work of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). Our preparation for eternal life requires us to symbolically eat His flesh and drink His blood (John 6:51-54). “Who so” serves to remind us that the self-existing God has no limits. Yet there is a preparation that precedes the blessing; in order to live in the light, we must come to the Source from whence the light shineth, to be strengthened by the living of God (John 3:21). As the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so the silence of the light of God brings awakening to every soul upon this earth who chooses to fear Him (Malachi 4:2). For Christ is the seed in every fruit, and the water that brings forth life to every plant, animal, boy and girl. Christ in His Sanctuary represents the complete system of truth1, awaiting to be discovered and experienced by every soul.
Call to Pray
Loving Father and merciful God, as You shine Your light into every heart that in Your Providence happens upon this article and magazine, may you cut the bars of iron that enslave us, allowing us to experience Your freedom and liberty through the Self-Existent One, the great I AM, as You continue to encourage, empower, and enlighten us on the path of righteousness, for Christ sake. Amen.
All scripture taken from the King James Version
- Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy (Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1911), 423.