John 14:1 "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me."
The Creed confesses our faith in a triune God, one God in three persons. We use it in worship, and hopefully in our daily devotions. We confess, I believe in God the Father, I believe in God the Son, I believe in God the Holy Spirit. When we say, I believe, we are saying, I know, I accept as true, and I put my trust in the one God, in 3 persons. It does not say that we understand it, you don’t have to understand faith, in fact, if you understand it, it isn’t faith anymore. The things you can see and hold and touch you can follow by your senses, but the things of God are things we cannot see, or hear, touch, or taste, or smell, and so we follow by faith.
We can’t see, hear, touch taste, or smell either heaven or hell, but we know they are real, and we know that we want to go to heaven, and not to hell. How do we know the way? We can’t see, hear, touch taste, or smell the way to heaven - it is not known by the senses, but we do know the way by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It would be much easier if we could walk by sight, but that wouldn’t be faith.
So one of the things that often happens in life is that we look up one day, and we wonder, where are we? Where are we going? We can’t see heaven, nor can we see the way, and Satan steps in and says, all is lost, you’ve lost your way, you’ll never get to heaven, and if this doesn’t plunge you into doubt and despair, at the very least it sure troubles the heart.
In life, we set goals, and along the way to our goal, there are roadmarkers to tell us how far we’ve come. In faith life, there is only one goal, and that is heaven. In faith, there are not many roadmarkers along the way, often it is hard to see how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to travel. But in faith, there is one wonderful thing, something even better than maps and roadmarkers, we have a traveling companion, Jesus Christ. Jesus knows the way, after all He is the way. Jesus knows how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve yet to travel. Its one of those trips where the travel is enjoyable, for we have his company all the way, and as we travel with Him, our lives are filled with many good things, and we know that we’ll get there when it is time. In the mean time, we can turn to Jesus, who travels with us, and shows us the way, and provides all we need.
Its not hard to live a life of faith, you set your eyes on Jesus, and your follow him. Simple really, so simple any child can do it. You open your heart and your mind to Jesus, and you hear the Word speak to you. Sometimes it shows you your sins, so you can turn from them, then it shows you your savior who died that all our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have peace with God.
How did it get that way? Well, it wasn’t by our effort. God came to us. Jesus came to us. Jesus invited us, saying follow me, and in our heart we knew who he was, for God had sent his spirit to enlighten our heart and open our mind. So Jesus called us, and gathered us, enlightened us and sanctified us [he made us anew creation, and he made us holy]. And not only does Jesus do all that for us, but he keeps us in true faith, so that at the end of our journey, we may arrive at the mansion that Jesus has prepared for us in heaven. In heaven everything will be perfect.
And so we find ourselves back at faith. Do you believe in God? Do you believe in Jesus? Then hear what He says:John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." You see not only is Jesus the way, but he is also the truth and the life; these are also things that we need and desire, and they come to us in Jesus, they come to us as we follow. We don’t have to go out searching for life, we don’t have to seek the truth, God brings them to us in Jesus, our good shepherd, they come to us as we follow, it is part of the fruit of faith. For faith is like a tree, it grows and it produces fruit. What is the fruit of faith? Gal 5:22-23 "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" All these things come to us, as God works through his spirit, working to make us holy, we may not have all these things now, but we will continue to grow in them as we walk with Jesus, and when we reach the end of the journey, then not only will we reach the place prepared especially for us, but we will be made perfect.
Do you know the way? Sure you do, you look to Jesus, he is the way. Do you know the Father, sure you do, for you see him in Jesus, for there is only 1 God in 3 persons, and Jesus has come so that we might know God, and be his children, by grace, through faith, for Jesus sake.