Archive for July 12th, 2018

John 14:1-6

In John 14:1-6 Jesus has just finished washing the feet of the Twelve and revealing that one of them would betray Him.  But here in chapter 14 He shifts the focus to what will happen after He is gone. “Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me”. The disciples had reason to be troubled. Jesus had just told them that one of them was a traitor, that all of them would deny Him, and that He would leave them that night. All of this would legitimately trouble the disciples. His disciples felt His coming departure like a torture. And it was then that He consoled them with His simple and glorious speech.

He gives them comfort by describing what lies ahead for all Christ Followers.  “There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am”. Jesus spoke with complete confidence about heaven when He described it as His Father’s house. Jesus didn’t wonder about the life beyond this earth; He knew it and told His disciples that there was room for all in heaven.  This is our assurance, and He goes on further to drive that point home. “If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. And you know where I am going and how to get there.”

Jesus promised to come again for the disciples. This was not only in the sense of His soon resurrection or in the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus also had in mind the great gathering together of His people at the end of the age. And He assumed they understood how that would happen.  But Thomas quickly raises his hand in question.  “No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Thomas should be praised for honestly and clearly explaining his confusion. He thought Jesus was simply going to another place, as if it were another city.

Then Jesus says one of the most important things in all of scripture.  He boils down the question of eternity to two short sentences. “Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me”. Jesus didn’t say that He would show us a way; He said that He is the way. He didn’t promise to teach us a truth; He said that He is the truth. Jesus didn’t offer us the secrets to life; He said that He is the life. No interpretation is needed here.  It is Jesus, or nothing.  There is no plan B.  There is no other way.  There is no alternative.  You may be feeling:

  • I’m wandering about; I don’t know where I’m going. Jesus is the way.
  • I’m confused; I don’t know what to think. Jesus is the truth.
  • I’m dead inside and don’t know if I can go on. Jesus is the life.

You want security regarding your eternity.  Jesus is THE answer, the ONLY answer, the complete and absolute ANSWER!

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