Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Soul Search

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 8:31-32 (NASB)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6 (NASB)

The newly formed mob launches an uproar in the city. Jealousy flows from their hearts. Their mouths spew wickedness. Hostility spills over from their souls into the streets, sowing seeds of hate. Unrest plants itself in multiple minds. Violence grows. Evil spreads like wildfire. A ripple effect swallows up empty, wandering souls. Chains lock. Prison bars latch. Darkness falls like a heavy wet blanket, obscuring light from the captives. Life appears meaningless.

Meanwhile, in another city, different souls search for life’s meaning through the intelligence of philosophies. Various ideologies range from self-indulgent pleasure to long-suffering tolerance. The wanderer even investigates different religions and worships manmade idols. More drifting souls come up empty as they search for truth and a monument rises TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.

As a resident of this earth, most likely you’ve seen or heard of such situations. The above scenarios have played out in this world for ages, even the modern-day. There is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). In fact, the above mob scene and the searching intellectuals actually occurred during the apostle Paul’s missions trips to Thessalonica and Athens as he traveled the middle east to spread God’s good news (Acts 17).

And what is God’s good news? It’s the evidence of the Christ (Messiah) who suffered on a cross, died, and rose from the dead. Messiah offered Himself as a sacrifice to God to save mankind from their sinful and wandering ways. And Paul said to the crowds, “This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ.”

Jesus is the Christ, the long-awaited Messiah. Paul personally experienced Him when Jesus revealed the Truth to him on the way to Damascus to persecute Christians (Acts 9). Encountering the Truth of Jesus Christ set Paul’s soul free. Paul’s chains of pride, education, and heritage fell away as he encountered the humility of the Resurrected Savior. Eventually he recognized and knew without a doubt this Jesus. He desired others to also know this Truth. 

“This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,” he said and immediately lives changed. Some Jews, Greeks, and leading women believed and joined Paul in his mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. But others resisted and incited riots. And the battle of the ages began.

Are you searching for Truth? Have you resisted Jesus the Christ? Does your soul long to find fulfillment and rest? 

Together let’s join Paul as we journey through the discovery of this Way, this Truth, and this Life of Jesus Christ. Prepare to do battle in prayer as we ask Jesus to break away the chains that bind and to reveal Himself in a mighty way to this lost and dying world. 

Enjoy this bouncy tune by The Grace Thrillers entitled "Tell Me the Story"
Or this more traditional hymn, "Tell Me the Story of Jesus"


  1. Ah the searching soul is the resting soul. I love the thought provoking soul as he seeming sits and ponders : JESUS; the Way, the Truth and the Life. Your text warms the heart to draw near to the difference maker. Thanks for another powerful writing that sets motivation in motion. Loved it girl! Fantastic!