Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Today, we as a church are recognizing Sanctity of Human Life Day. This recognition was begun in 1984 and coincided with the 11th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. The purpose of this day is to recognize the value of human life that God gives.
I’ve been thinking on our Fighter Verse this week and contemplating the implications it has on this day; Sanctity of Human Life Day. It is a verse most of us are familiar with, have heard often, and can say with a fair amount of ease. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
Consider that Jesus said he is these things rather than saying he leads us to these things. Jesus does not simply show us the truth, rather he is Truth in the flesh. Jesus did not say he will lead us to the way, rather he is the Way. Jesus did not say he shows us life, rather he is the Life. Any favor we have before God, the Author of our lives, is only because of Jesus Christ being the way, the truth and the life.
From 1973 to 2008 fifty million abortions have occurred in the United States. Fifty million children have had their lives snuffed out before they even had the chance to gasp their first breath outside the womb. How did this happen?
Because we have walked away from the truth of Jesus, we have walked away from the way of Jesus and thus have forsaken life in Jesus. There is no truth apart from Jesus and we as a nation have chosen lies over his truth. When the truth of Jesus is rejected we choose a different way than Jesus. When this happens we do not have true life. To walk away from the truth and the way of Jesus is to walk away from true life in Jesus.
The pro-life issue is not something that is external, outside of our concern as a church. We are implicit in this sin and ought to seek God’s face for repentance. The prophet Daniel, though a righteous man before God, confessed the sins of his nation, Israel, to God. “We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules…To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, we have sinned against you. Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate (Daniel 9).”
Our nation has recognized a wicked law since 1973. You may be hear this morning and be broken underneath the guilt of an abortion. You be guilty from the sin of indifference; not caring about the slaughter of children that happen each day in our nation. Each of us are guilty before God on some account.
Yet there is good news. The gospel has implications for every corner of life and no sin is too wretched or heinous to not be forgiven. Jesus went through a slaughter. He experienced his body being ripped apart just as babies are ripped apart in the womb. He experienced this horrific injustice so that we could have his righteousness laid upon us. Jesus removed the wrath of God so that we can experience the grace of God and this is received by faith. When we embrace the truth of Jesus, we are shown the way of Jesus and thus receive life in Jesus. There is no true life apart from it being lived in his truth.
Let us go before God, confess our sin and the sin of our nation, and ask for his merciful face to shine upon our desolate nation for his sake.