Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
People are searching for a lot of things these days. Thanks to Google, we can go online and find answers to all kinds of questions.
But as great as Google is, it can’t tell us the answer that Siddhartha Gautama was looking for (that we read about in today’s lesson)—about a question that people are still asking today:
What is the real meaning of life? Why am I here? How can I escape life’s suffering?
As you know, Siddhartha Gautama didn’t find the answer to his questions so started his own religion called Buddhism. And even though millions of people connect themselves to Buddhist thought and practices today, they all would tell you themselves that they have not found the peace and satisfaction to their questions—that the answer was in the struggle.
That’s because the only answer to those questions is found in knowing Jesus.
When Jesus walked the earth, there was a man named Nicodemus who also was seriously looking for the truth about life. When he heard Jesus teaching, he was amazed by Him. He thought that Jesus just might be able to answer some of his questions.
So Nicodemus asked if Jesus would meet him—at night so no one would be able to see them talking. Nic was nervous about what people might think, considering the fact that Jesus was saying some radical things that were rocking their world.
And what Jesus told him that night was indeed pretty radical. It’s all recorded in John 3. Nic told Jesus that he could see that Jesus was from God. He then asked how he could know God. Jesus told Nic that he needed to be “born again.”
“How can anyone,” asked Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can't re-enter your mother's womb and be born again. What are you saying with this 'born-from-above' talk?”
So Jesus explained further what He meant by “eternal life”—a whole and lasting life—the kind of life that Siddhartha was looking for—the kind that people are looking for today. Jesus said it all begins and ends with God.
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again” (John 3:16-17, The Message).
It all comes down to what you believe about Jesus. Man has been looking for the meaning of life and for the way to live forever since the beginning of time. It always comes back to this one thought: What do you believe about Jesus?
A little later in the same book of John, Jesus had another conversation, this time with a guy named Thomas. Thomas had a question, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
You will probably meet a guy like Siddhartha someday, asking questions about life. Or someone might text you, ?4U (Question for you).
When you answer them, begin your conversation with another question, “Do you know Jesus yet?”
Dinner Table Chat
1. Why do you think so many people intentionally make up their own meaning about life rather than turning to Jesus?
2. What did Jesus say was the only way to eternal life?
3. Do you know anybody like Siddhartha, Nicodemus, or Thomas?
4. What question would you like God to answer?
5. What’s one thing you learned about FEBC’s work in Cambodia today?