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Episode 6 | February 5, 2024
Lisa Brenninkmeyer and Laura Phelps

Join us for Episode 6 in our seven-week series, Encountering Jesus Personally. In this week's episode, Lisa and Laura dive into the Gospel of John, focusing on the famous I AM statement, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Each time we find Jesus saying, “I am,” He is giving us a glimpse into what He’s like. He’s revealing something about His character. If you have ever asked, “What should I do?” “What can I know?” or “What can I hope for?” this conversation is for you. Join Lisa and Laura as they unpack today’s Scripture and apply it to our daily lives.

Open your Heart to our key Scripture.
John 14:6: I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

Open your Bible to other Scriptures referenced in this episode.
John 14:1-6: “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “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, but by me.”
Deuteronomy 5:32: You shall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you. (ESV)
Isaiah 30:21: Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Isaiah 35:8: The prophet says, “a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way, the unclean shall not pass over it.”
Jeremiah 6:16: Thus says the Lord, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask the ancient paths where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
John 13:15: For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
John 14:9: He who has seen me has seen the Father.
Hebrews 1:3: (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. (ESV)
Luke 15:19-20: “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your  hired servants.” And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Isaiah 43:1: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.

Invite Him in with this episode’s questions for reflection.
Jesus is the way: In what situation is Jesus asking me, right now, to follow His example?
Jesus is the truth: What is a concrete way I can learn a new truth about Jesus this week?
Jesus is the life: What am I hoping for?

Show mentions.
John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer 

“From ancient times philosophers have summed up the human condition as a quest to answer three fundamental queries: What should I do? What can I know? What can I hope for? Jesus Christ answers them all, not merely with doctrine, but with his very person. 

‘I am the way’ can translate into: What should you do? Follow me! Do what I have done. 

‘I am the truth’ means: What can you know? You can know everything, if only you know me. Knowing me, you know the truth; you know the secret behind the workings of the whole universe and the yearnings of the human heart. 

‘I am the life’ means: What can you hope for? In me, through me, you can hope for and expect the fullness of life that you long for, even though you may not be able to put that longing into words. 

“Christ is truly the living water that quenches every thirst. He is truly the light that scatters every kind of darkness. The quest of every man and woman to satisfy the heart’s deepest needs is the quest to seek his face, and it leads either to Christ and the place he has prepared for us in heaven or to a dead end.” (John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer. Hamden, CT: Circle Press, 2007, 936.)

“Unfortunately, sin has obscured our capacity to know and follow the light of truth, and indeed, as the Apostle Paul realized, it has exchanged ‘the truth about God for a lie,’ (Romans 1:25). By the Incarnation, the Word of God came to bring full light to man. In this regard, the Second Vatican Council says that it is ‘only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear.’” (Saint John Paul II, Christ Reveals Man to Himself)

Get your Isaiah 43:1 free printable.
The Chosen: Jesus Heals Mary Magdalene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI-PehitKKU)

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