We use substitutes for many things. Making a recipe and don’t have one ingredient, we find what can be substituted. Buying a prescription, we ask to substitute the generic because it is cheaper. A teacher is absent, we call in a substitute. Even famous people have doubles who substitute for them in certain situations. This is all quite common and reasonable, but we need to be careful when we extend it to our Lord. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6) The way Jesus speaks of is found in love and trust of our Lord, but too often we make substitutes. We love other things more than Jesus. We trust Him, but we hedge our bets, having alternatives if He doesn’t come through. The commandment says we are to have no other gods before Him, but we often do. Our God loves us with an everlasting love, and really is working daily for our best good. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10)There can be no substitute for that.