African Or European?

20 Sep

A post from several years ago about knowing Christ.

6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:6-7

Monty Python and The Holy Grail is an extremely humorous movie.  Watching it will cause me to laugh hysterically at various points.  This is one such scene.  Towards the end of the movie King Arthur and several of the knights are approaching a long wooden bridge.   A bridgekeeper stops them and declares that to pass thisBridge ofDeath they will each have to answer three questions.  Sir Lancelot steps forward to go first and easily answers his name, his quest, and his favorite color.  Sir Robin follows and assertively gives his name and quest, but is thrown off guard when the third question is about the capital ofAssyria.  When he says he does not know he is banished by an unseen force to the abyss.  Sir Galahad goes next and easily declares his name, his quest, and his favorite color.  Yet his fate becomes the same as Robin’s, when he changes his mind about the color.  King Arthur steps up next and declares his name and quest.  When the bridgekeeper asks a question about the air-speed velocity of a swallow, Arthur inquires whether it is an African or European swallow.  The bridgekeeper is then banished to the abyss for not knowing this, and the rest of the group follows Arthur to join Lancelot.  As they cross over Sir Bedevere asks Arthur how he knows so much about swallows, to which the he replies, “Well, you have to know these things when you’re a king, you know”.

Arthur and the knights of the roundtable were on a specific journey.  They wanted to find the Holy Grail.  It was their mission and their purpose.  In order to do so they had to pass this bridge.  So answering these random questions were a necessity.

As humans our ultimate goal and purpose is to glorify God.  It is the reason we were created.  There is only one way to this end though.  It is found in Jesus’ words here in John.  The disciple Thomas has just asked Jesus how we can know the place where He is going.  Jesus’ response is our text today.  In the middle of this passage Jesus says that no one can come to the Father except through Him.  He is the one path and the one way.  He is the bridge that leads to where we are going.

Thankfully we do not need to know any random facts about swallows or capitals of various nations to cross this bridge.  We simply have to believe and trust in Him.  Today I commend you to bring Him glory for by living in a way that displays Him as the one and only way to the Father.

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life


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