By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Jesus – that name causes each one of us to make a choice.
Those who followed Jesus when he was on earth seemed to go in one of two directions. Either they always wanted to worship him and follow him and be with him and hang on his every word, or somehow it went the other way where they wanted to plot against him and crucify him and see him dead.
The one word that was always used for Jesus was “wonder.” No one could be neutral with Jesus, and so it is so today. No one can be neutral with Jesus. There is no middle road with him. There is no lukewarm. There’s yes or no. There’s either/or. There’s the narrow and difficult road or the wide and easy road – one that leads to life, and one that leads to death. There is no middle ground.
Jesus demands everything or nothing. His name has power and every time his name is mentioned, whether you know it or not, your soul is reminded of a choice you have yet to make: Will I do what he says? Or will I do what I say?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to do what you say, but my own thoughts so often drown out your words of love and encouragement. I want to do the next right thing. Draw me close. Show me the way. Amen.
Reflection: What is your first response when you hear the name “Jesus”?