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Rev. Carl H. Kemp, Pastor

Journey's End or Start?

April 01, 2007

John 14:1-6

Introduction

 Long ago David cried, ((Psa 39:4 NIV) “Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. 

 That is a good prayer for our times. For a person to make life’s journey meaningful and worthwhile he must have at least two things in sight: a destination, somewhere to go; and a direction, a way to get there. Jesus speaks of both in our text.

   The Destination—“to the Father.”

    Any journey that is worthwhile must have a destination.

    To depart without a destination is to doom oneself to aimless wandering.

 

    One of the great tragedies of our times is that we do not know where we are going.

    When we move into the future, we leave no forwarding address.

 

    We would do well to heed the words of Moses to a people wandering aimlessly in the wilderness,  

 ((Deu 32:29 NIV) If only they were wise and would understand this and discern what their end will be!)

    A journey that is worthwhile must have the right destination.

    “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).

    Not all goals we pursue in life are the right ones. Many of the things we seek most really are not worth the effort.

    Such,    Jesus said, is the case with the man who lays up treasures on earth (Luke 12:13-21).

    According to Jesus there is only one destination that is truly worthwhile—the Father’s house.

  

 The Direction—“no one comes to the Father except through me.”

    Some people who have the Father’s house in their sights never get there because they get lost on some side street.

1.    Some people try to get there by living the “good, moral life.”

2.    Some people try to get there by following their own “gospel.”

3.    Some people try to get there by being “religious.” (Christian is a way of Life)

    But, according to Jesus, there is only one way to the Father’s house.

 

    Yet we have these words of Jesus, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Conclusion

If you get where you are going, where will you be?

 

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