Colossians 2:8-10Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Emphasis Added).

Since the “fulness of the Godhead” dwelt in Jesus, He manifested the Triune Godhead while here on earth.  Jesus manifested…

  1. FATHER – “THE WAY”

Presenting the Father, Jesus (The Way) manifested the Father’s…

  • ENLIGHTENMENT

God is light!  There is no darkness in Him, and darkness cannot overcome Him.  When He created the heavens and the earth, He called forth the “Light” and overcame the darkness!

1 John 1:5 (KJV) “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (Emphasis Added).

Genesis 1:3-4 (KJV)“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Emphasis Added).

God sent His Only Begotten Son into a “dark and dying” world to manifest His Light.

Luke 2:32 “A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Emphasis Added).

John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (Emphasis Added).

2 Corinthians 4:6 (KJV) “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (Emphasis Added).

Satan attempted to snuff out the “Light of the World:” but, God cannot be overcome!!  That is what Jesus “Modeled” in His Resurrection!!

John 1:5 (NLT2) “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (Emphasis Added).

Photography began with Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, who produced the first daguerreotype. That was 150 years ago! How quickly photography has become a vital part of all our lives. Upon producing the first photographic image, the inventor cried out, “I have seized the light.” Christians have a different cry: “The light has seized me.” — Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997)

Presenting the Father, Jesus (The Way) manifested the Father’s…

  • ESCAPE

The Father looked upon mankind’s plight of being in everlasting darkness and separation from Himself with absolutely NO hope of being delivered.  Lost humanity was, and is, in an inescapable trap without the Father’s intervention.  Therefore, the Father sent His Only Begotten Son to manifest His “Escape!”

John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Emphasis Added).

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

The Father provided our “Escape” – the Way out! Jesus is our ESCAPE in every trial and temptation.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV) “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Emphasis Added).

 “We are not masters of our own feeling, but we are by God’s grace masters of our consent.” — Francois Fenelon

There is NO reason for anyone to be lost.  Jesus manifested the Father’s “Way” out!

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

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“Lost in the jungle, a man sought desperately to find his way to safety.  His strength was ebbing fast as the insects and stifling heat did their deadly work.  Suddenly he heard what he thought to be a bell tolling in the distance.  Believing he was nearing civilization, he struggled bravely onward; but he never seemed to draw closer to the sound.  Finally, he fell to the ground exhausted, never to rise again. The mysterious bellbird had claimed another victim!  Many a traveler in the heart of the rain forest of Central and South America has been led to his death by the uncanny call of this seldom-seen bird.  Its enticing, reverberating ‘toll’ produces an almost overpowering temptation to seek its source.

Similarly, Satan employs subtle devices to ensnare the human race. As lost souls seek to disengage themselves from the vines of sin, they are allured by the tempter’s ‘bell’ ringing in the distance.  ‘At last,’ they think, ‘I’ve found a way of escape,’ and so, following the call of the evil one deeper and deeper into the jungle of despair, they are eventually lost for eternity.

Many are following the deceptive call of the devil’s ‘bell-bird’ because it ‘seems right’ to them.  O that they might realize the truth of these words before it is too late: ‘The end thereof are the ways of death.’  Christ, who declared that ‘no man cometh unto the Father but by me’ (John 14:6), is the only One who can lead poor wanderers to the promised land of salvation and safety!” — G.B. Robeson