The Mystery of Relationship

We’re so happy you’ve come this far! You’re on your way, fellow follower. We’re just a small group of friends that, like you, have chosen to “flip that coin over,” to dig deeper into the mystery, to be needful of that one thing, to live out the Hello Life.

So before we go any further, and just to put your mind at ease, we’re not about religion. Nor are we interested in helping people become religious. That is man’s legalistic attempt to earn God’s favor. It doesn’t work! Sadly whenever the name of Jesus Christ enters into the conversation most people immediately equate Him with religion! This really misrepresents and mischaracterizes Jesus who is all about another R word: relationship. If you read scripture you’ll see that Jesus didn’t seek out religious people to follow Him. He was after relationships with people that believed in Him and who knew they needed Him, just like Mary and Martha in the excerpt you just read.

Another encounter is described between Jesus and a very unsure and maybe a bit fearful follower in the inner circle, named Thomas. Near the end of Jesus’ public ministry and not long before His crucifixion, they were all together. The twelve had been following Jesus for about three years. Jesus was laying out what was going to happen next.

Realizing that Jesus would actually be physically leaving them soon, they were a little uncertain of the future and finding their way without Him. So Thomas and others wanted details. Here’s a brief glimpse into the conversation:

Thomas: “Lord…how can we know the way?”
Jesus responded with the most profound declaration ever stated:
“I am the way and the truth and the life.” (taken from John 14:5-6)

Did you catch the significance of the response from Jesus to Thomas’ question? Let’s take note first of what he didn’t say.

He didn’t say “Well, Thomas, you should know the way! You’ve been with me for a long time now. It’s time for you to get busy and handle everything on your own.” Thank goodness Jesus didn’t respond like that! After all, it wasn’t about Thomas or his confusion or his lack of faith. Jesus knew Thomas better than he knew himself. It was pretty simple for Jesus. It was about Jesus, and who He is. Jesus pointed Thomas back to Jesus! Sounds familiar to the encounter with Martha that you just read, lovingly bringing one of His followers back to that one thing, a singular focus – Himself. Although no one knew at that moment, what was unfolding was the mystery of relationship like the world had never seen or known. Prophets of old, and even the angels of heaven had not known this full mystery.

Yes, it goes quite deeper than the fact that Jesus was preparing His followers for His physical absence. This was the beginning of the single most transformative shift in all of history related to humanity’s relationship with the God of heaven. It underscores the significance and power of walking by faith and not by sight. There’s a very important passage of scripture that you need to grasp right here. A few years after the ascension of Jesus (when He ascended to heaven 40 days after his bodily resurrection), the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the believers in Rome. He explained this miraculous transition from the physical presence of Jesus with His followers to His spiritual presence within that would supernaturally empower them to live the resurrection life, the Hello Life! Here’s what Paul wrote:

“But you do not live in the flesh. You live in the Spirit, assuming, of course, that the Spirit of God lives inside of you. The truth is that anyone who does not have the Spirit of the Anointed living within does not belong to God. If the Anointed One lives within you, even though the body is as good as dead because of the effects of sin, the Spirit is infusing you with life now that you are right with God. If the Spirit of the One who resurrected Jesus from the dead lives inside of you, then you can be sure that He who raised Him will cast the light of life into your mortal bodies through the life-giving power of the Spirit residing in you.” – Romans 8:9-11 (The Voice translation)

Here is the mystery of relationship to which we often refer. Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, lives in you! Your eternal life begins in the present. The Holy Spirit of the Trinity is the Spirit of the Anointed One (Christ), as He is the Spirit of God.

Jesus is inviting you – as He did His closest disciples – to just let Him be your way. Let Him be your truth. Let Him be your life. Even though you don’t see Him in person now. Not only is Jesus the second person of the Trinity, He Himself is triadic, that is, three essentials – the way, the truth and the life. That third one – life – is the other side of that proverbial coin we talked about earlier. This is truly the Hello life.

Let’s reconsider what Jesus was saying to Thomas. Reading between the lines now, Jesus with a gleam in His eye could’ve been saying something like this:

“Thomas, Thomas, I know your heart and I know you believe! Relax for a second. You don’t need to figure it all out. The fact that you’re asking about the way tells me you’re eager, and I like that about you! I don’t want you to follow steps or rules or fix yourself. I want you to continue following me just as you are – even when I am not here physically. That’s enough for me. So, it’s not about you anymore. You want to know the way? Thomas, I am the way, and I am the truth, and I am the life you long for, and the life you were made for. As you go and live life, I will be with you – in your heart, soul and mind. Stay close to me every day so the purpose, meaning and life for which you were made will unfold.
With my life and my truth alive in you, you will change the world.

“…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” – Jesus speaking, John 10:10 (MSG)

“…The Scriptures speak often of the life to come after our life on this earth, and as we follow the voice of our shepherd, we can grasp what that eternal life is in the here and now. We can live this life in such a way that we are not chasing things that don’t last but chasing the things that do last and have eternal significance. This type of life has eternal impact not only for us but for untold others around us. When Jesus refers to himself as the way, the truth, and the life, he is giving us a better way to live our lives through him. He is showing us that through following him daily in faith, he will lead us to a better, richer, more meaningful life than we could ever find on our own.” – Jason Soroski

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