CSR Daily Devotion

I love this new song off Micah Tyler’s new album. The entire album is amazing, a great collection of very different melodies and powerful lyrics. Below is Elevation Church‘s sermon from yesterday. The Holy Spirit is surging through the veins of Pastor Steven Furtick. His sermons during this crisis are the word everyone needs to hear.

April 27

5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  7If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.  From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  (John 14:5-7)

Here in John’s Gospel we see Thomas asking a pivotal question:  “we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Thomas threw Jesus a meatball pitch, right down the middle of the plate. Jesus came back with a response so heavy, He knocked it right out of the park.

I am the way.

I am the truth.

I am the life.

We know a lot of attention goes on disciples like John, who wrote this beautiful Gospel.  And Peter, who Jesus used to build His church.  But not much is said of Thomas.  Doubting Thomas.  We’ll look at him again tomorrow because, luckily for all of us, Thomas asks the questions that maybe the rest of the Disciples were afraid to ask.  This conversation comes from the Last Supper, where the twelve sat with Jesus in the Upperroom.  Jesus had just told His beloved friends that He was going to His Father’s house to prepare a place for them.  Then in John 14:4, Jesus speaks, “You know the way to the place where I am going.”  And luckily for us, Thomas was not the quickest of the 12, and honestly lets Jesus know that he doesn’t yet know where Jesus is going, so therefore how can Thomas know the way?

I just want to say, before we even look at Jesus’ response, what a great lesson we can learn from “Doubting” Thomas.  That is the lesson of asking questions.  Never be afraid to ask questions, especially in the pursuit of clarity of God’s word.  As Jesus clearly states to Thomas, only Jesus is the way to God.  Only Jesus and the lessons He preached are the truth.  And only Jesus is the life, and the way to eternal life.  So what does this mean?  Well, Jesus is the way, which means that you have to believe in Jesus, which, I can easily assume most of those reading this do believe with all their heart that Jesus is the Son of God, our Messiah, and our Savior.  Next Jesus is the truth.  This is where the division of the three world religions split.  The Jewish do not believe Jesus is the Messiah and continue to live by the Old Testament.  Muslims recognize Jesus as the Messiah, but do not hold His truth over their “prophet” Muhammed.  Jesus IS the truth.  And His word is the final word.  His message is the ultimate teaching and I’ve pressed upon what Jesus teaches over and over the last four months.  As we move forward this year, we will look at other Apostles and the lessons they teach in their writings.  But here we have almost reached the end of the Gospels, four different author’s capturing as accurately as they could, everything they heard from or about Jesus Christ during His world-changing ministry.  So the truth’s taught in these four Gospels are the most important teachings of the ENTIRE Bible.  Jesus is the NEW Testament.  His word is law, His word is truth, and His word is LOVE.  Simple as that.  I have written this repeatedly throughout this year, Love God, Love others.  That is the truth.  This leads to the final point Jesus teaches Thomas, that Jesus is life.  Jesus is the way to eternal life.  Seek the truth in Jesus, which leads you to Jesus and results in life everlasting.  The way.  The truth.  The life.  

Reading plan:  John 20:19-31

Deeper reading plan:  2 Chronicles 13-18

Prayer and meditation:  Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones.  Pray for redemption for this lost world.  Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet.  And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much.

Fitness challenge:  This week we will stick to 3 sets of these calisthenics but bump up the reps only slightly. 25 reps of each exercise 1-7, then repeat for a total of 3 sets.  After this week we are going to mix it up during May, break this monotonous routine.  Just a reminder, the fitness challenge has been building since January 1, so if you are just joining us recently, do as many reps as you can for each exercise, and do three complete sets.

1.  Standard push-up

2.  Sit-up or crunches

3.  Air squats

4.  Hand-release push-up

5.  Leg lifts

6.  Lunges (7-each leg)

7.  4-count flutter kicks

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