John 14:6 on Route 312

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:6

Rob Gifford, a reporter for NPR, has written a wonderful book called China Road describing is travels across China a few years ago, going east to west on Route 312.

I believe Rob Gifford is a born again Christian. He wasn’t preachy about it in his book, but neither was he ashamed to hide his faith.

It so happened he stopped to visit a small church in the desert one Sunday and ended up preaching the morning’s sermon. The itinerant pastor didn’t show up, and several members of the congregation encourage him the foreigner, to preach. He tried telling them he wasn’t qualified, but they wouldn’t have it.

He chose John 14:6 for the text of his brief message. Why that passage?

A day or two before, Gifford had a lengthy visit with a daoist monk. He came away from his visit with the realization that Daoism teaches truth is subjective. It’s relative–if you can find it—and you must always pursue it, whatever it is.

So his message to the little Chinese congregation was prompted by what was on his heart then. It was simple and straightforward.

Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Thank God for Truth we can know and depend on!

I thank God for Rob Gifford’s willingness to preach such a basic, plain message to a handful of Chinese Christians.

If you believe that same message, then rejoice with me.

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