Reality Check

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Nintendo, the Japanese video game maker, has done it again with the release of “Pokémon Go” for your smartphone.  The game uses something known as augmented reality to depict the image of Pokémon through the actual surroundings the player is standing in, by means of your phone’s camera.  Blurring the lines between the game and reality has prompted the N.Y.C. Transit Authority to remind players to not lose sight of where they are standing in the subway when attempting to catch Pokémon.

In a world where fantasy is often more appealing than reality, we must remember the words that Jesus spoke to his disciples before he was arrested and crucified.  In John 14:6, He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  The use of the definite article before each of the nouns in this verse calls attention to their meaning and significance.  Jesus was not merely claiming to be one of many different expressions of each word, but the ultimate definition of each.  The second noun truth is of particular interest because it denotes what is real or certain.  In other words, Jesus was saying He is reality — that which will always be in force.  As the lines between reality and fantasy become difficult for some to distinguish and painful for others to accept, Jesus Christ provides us with what we need most, a daily reality check.