We like to know the way. We have Nav systems in our cars to calculate the route, leaving nothing to chance. When Thomas asks Jesus, ‘how can we know the way’ to heaven, Jesus provides the answer which has little to do with roads and much to do with him…
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus had just told Peter that he couldn’t come where Jesus was going, and that Peter would deny the Lord three times. As we might imagine, Peter would have been devastated and appalled that he would do anything against the Lord. Then Jesus comforts Peter and the others. Don’t be troubled.
Don’t be troubled at the idea that you will deny me. Don’t be troubled that you cannot come with me right now. You are people of faith. Have faith. ‘As you believe in God,’ Jesus said, ‘believe in me…’ Maybe better put, ‘believe me.’
Do we believe Jesus? Do we believe his comforts and promises and teachings? We should. He is preparing a place for us in heaven. And he will come back and get us to take us there. Don’t be troubled. You cannot come now, yet you will come then…
Thomas asks one of the most important questions about life and faith: ‘how can we know the way?’ He told Jesus that without knowing the destination he couldn’t know the way. Isn’t that like us? We want to be able to map out how we get to our destination. What is the recipe to get to heaven? What is the roadmap?
It turns out it’s not a map we can follow. It’s a person. It’s the Lord. Jesus.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is the way. If we know Jesus we will know the way to heaven. Our good works and righteousness are not the way. It’s knowing the Lord Jesus. And when we know Jesus, we should not be troubled. We should be full of hope and full of faith…