The Wonderful Promise and The Way

John 14:1-6 (ESV) “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Right before this passage, Jesus had just told his disciples that he would soon be leaving this earth. Could you imagine their feelings? I can just imagine them murmuring to each other, “Our Messiah is leaving? This isn’t what we were taught! Where is he going? What are we to do now?” You see they still didn’t see the big picture. They didn’t know that Jesus had to die as the last “Lamb of God” to cover the sins of the world. So in the midst of this mass confusion, Jesus, knowing their hearts, speaks these comforting words, “Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe (trust) in God believe (trust) in me also”. The Greek word for troubled means to be distressed or agitated. Jesus was saying, “Look guys, I know what I just told you has distressed you, upset you, and confused you, but trust me on this one and lean in to what I’m about to tell you. In my Father’s house are many mansions or rooms. If that were not true then I would have told you that I’m going away to prepare a place for you, but seeing as how it’s already prepared, I’m going to come again to receive you unto myself so that you can be where I am. Oh and guys, that’s a promise!” Isn’t that amazing!! We know that Jesus cannot lie, so in turn he made a promise that he would return to take us to heaven to be with Him!! His promises aren’t like our half-hearted human promises either. He’ll be 100% true to His word! What comfort!

Jesus then looks at his disciples and says “Oh guess what else, you already know the way to get there.” Confusion erupts once more from the disciples as Thomas replies, “But lord, we don’t even know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Little did they know “the Way” was right before their very eyes. “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life,” proclaimed the God-man himself, “no one comes to the Father except through Me.” I don’t think we understand not only the splendor of that statement, but also its importance. Jesus was telling his disciples, “Goodness won’t get you to where I’m going, money won’t get you to where I’m going, social status won’t get you to where I’m going, only I can get you to where I’m going. Salvation is through Me and ME ALONE!”

God has promised us that he will return for us, but we must go through Jesus. We must have a relationship with Jesus Christ. I do believe that the disciples fears were at calmed a little bit that day. It should be the same with the Christian. We have no reason to fear death because of God’s wonderful promise through Jesus Christ. However, if you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have all the more reason to fear death, because you will end up in a place called Hell. I really don’t want to see you go there, and Jesus loves you so much that He even died for you! His death paid for your sins!! You just have to forsake any future sin and cling to him! I pray that you do that today, so that you may partake in this wonderful promise provided by “the Way”

 

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