Jesus Said, “I Am…”

(Joh 14:5, GNB)  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; so how can we know the way to get there?”

(6)  Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me.”

I’ve been reading quite a few Christian books lately-a coping mechanism I developed years ago. Besides the fact that I love to read about people and places outside of my norm.

#1: Daughter of Cana   -     By: Angela Hunt

A current read is Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt, copyrighted in 2020, published by Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN. The story revolves around Jesus as He comes into the public eye. The Apostle Thomas’ twin sister Tasmin and Jesus’ brother Jude tell the story through their perceptions. I’m two-thirds of the way through their journey. At this point, Jude thinks his brother is insane and performing miracles through the dark side maybe?

Tasmin is finally wondering if the miracles are not tricks after all. They’ve both decided to stop following Jesus to return home to their businesses. Before leaving, Jude asked his brother to come home to help with a profitable carpentry job. Jesus answered him with one section of my helpful life verses during uncertain economic times, (Matthew 6: 25-33, NKJV), verse 33.

(Mat 6:25)  “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

(Mat 6:26)  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

(Mat 6:27)  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

(Mat 6:28)  “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

(Mat 6:29)  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

(Mat 6:30)  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

(Mat 6:31)  “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

(Mat 6:32)  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

(Mat 6:33)  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

I pondered why Jude, and James, Jesus’ other brother seemed unable to believe in Jesus’ deity early on. Then, in my morning Bible reading, the answer became apparent. In (2 Corinthians 4: 4, NKJV), Paul writes: whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

The devil deceives people into thinking there is no devil and mankind doesn’t need a god. They’re too intelligent, too evolved, too self-sufficient, etc., etc. Jesus said in (John 10:10, NKJV): “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

I hope you’ll consider asking Jesus to prove Himself real if you have doubts.

May God bless you!