A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

“Our Daily Bread” Devotion, January 16, 2021

January 16 | Bible in a Year: Genesis 36-38; Matthew 10:21-42

All Roads?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
John 14:6
READ JOHN 14:1–7

“Don’t get on the expressway!” That text came from my daughter one day as I was leaving work. The highway home had become a virtual parking lot. I began trying alternate routes, but after experiencing gridlock on other roads, I gave up. The trip home would have to wait till later in the day, so I drove in the opposite direction to an athletic event my granddaughter was involved in.
Discovering that no roads would lead me home made me think about people who say that all roads lead to an eternal relationship with God. Some believe the road of kindness and good behavior will get you there. Others choose the road of doing religious things.
Relying on those roads, however, leads to a dead end. There’s only one road to take to God’s eternal presence. Jesus clarified this when He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He was revealing that He was going to die to open the way for us to enter His Father’s house—to His presence and the real life He provides for today and eternity.
Skip the blocked highways that don’t lead to God’s presence. Instead, trust Jesus as Savior, for “whoever believes in the Son has eternal life” (3:36). And for those who already believe in Him, rest in the way He’s provided.
By Dave Branon
REFLECT & PRAY
Dear God, I want to trust You for eternity. Thank You for the salvation found in Jesus alone. Read about the difference between relationship with Jesus and religion.
Why is it vital to know that only Jesus can save us? Why are we prone to try to add to what it takes to be welcomed into His family?

SCRIPTURE INSIGHT
Before going to the cross, Jesus began His final teaching time with His disciples with these words of peace: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:1). He knew what was coming and how troubling it would be for them. In addition to speaking of His return, Jesus also promised the coming of the Holy Spirit (vv. 15-31); a life of fruitfulness when connected to Him, the vine (ch. 15); and encouragement for upcoming challenges (ch. 16). Then, after describing the joys and struggles of living for Christ in a world that doesn’t know Him, Jesus closed His message the way it began—with words of comfort and encouragement: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (16:33). His victory secures our peace. Bill Crowder