Your Word, Lord, is my introduction to you


Who did you say you were?

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. I am your way, your truth and your life; your life is meaningless without me, your truth is a house built on sand, your way is only a road on a map you have lost. What do you want of me?

The answers to a million questions about time and space, but above all, I suppose, the answer to who I am.

You are mine. Before creation began, I loved you. I formed you in the womb; I gave you life. I opened your eyes on this world that through it you might know me. I gave you beauty and an inner reality that belongs to me alone; a loveliness that a thousand relationships could not reach and a million sins could not destroy.


How do I reach you, Lord?

I've always been here. I am infinitely greater than a million Milky Ways.
But do not deceive yourself,
the heartbeat of the universe has always been close to your own heart.


How do I get to know you, better?

By wanting to.


I do want to, I want to know you.

There are two interlacing, concentric circles in your life.
They weave in and out and around you.
One is your relationship to the people with whom your life is structured
and the other is your relationship to my Word.
I speak to you through the people with whom you live
and I speak to you in Sacred Scripture.


How do I know these things?

You do not know anything until you have participated in it.
Enter into my Word.
It will tell you more about me and about yourself.
Also, it will show you how to live
in a way that you can have respect for yourself and every other living thing;
a life without pretence or pretensions, without fear or shame.

 

Who I am

It's me. It's alright. Do not be afraid. (Jn 6)

I'm the Alpha and the Omega, the A to Z. (Rev 1)

I am the world's Light. (Jn 9)

I am who I am. (Jn 8)

Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. (Jn 12)

I am the Way, also the Truth, also the Life.
No one gets to the Father apart from me. (Jn 14)

I am the gate.
Anyone who goes through me
will be cared for. (Jn 10)

I put the sheep before myself,
sacrificing myself if necessary. (Jn 10)

I freely lay down my life. (Jn 10)

Father, if it is possible,
let this cup pass from me; nevertheless,
Father, not my will but yours. (Mt 26.39)

We are the same - Father and Son.
He is in me; I am in Him. (Jn 10)
Look! I'm making everything new. (Rev 21)

No one has ever seen God,
not so much as a glimpse.
This one-of-a-kind God expression,
who exists at the very heart of the Father,
has made Him plain as day. (Jn 1)

The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life. (Jn 4)
I am the bread of life.

The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. (Jn 6)

The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life
and will be fit and ready for the final day. (Jn 6)

I am right now, Resurrection and Life. (Jn 11)

And I, as I am lifted up from the earth,
will attract everyone to me and gather them around me. (Jn 12)

I am alive. (Jn 14)

But you need to know that whoever puts me off,
refusing to take in what I am saying, is wilfully choosing rejection.
The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I AM,
that Word and no other is the last Word. (Jn 12)

You - follow me. (Jn 21)

Yes, even now I'm on my way! I'll be there soon! (Rev 22)

Who do you say I am? (Mt 16)

This has to be the Son of God. (Mt 27)

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Scripture quotations above taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © by Eugene Peterson, NavPress Publishing Group.