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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 232/260: Thomas

Read John 13:36-14:6

Jesus: The Way, The Truth, The Life

Put yourself in the apostles’ shoes. You have spent the majority of your time with Jesus, and He has taught you many things over the past three years. But there is one topic to which He keeps returning: His death. He says He will be raised again, but do you take that literally? He has said so many things that are figurative, but this one thing He never explains, or so you think.

And now, Jesus says He is going somewhere that you cannot follow. Peter says that he still wants to follow, and he is even willing to die for Him, but Jesus says that He is going somewhere “to prepare a place for you,” and then, “I will come again and receive you to Myself” (John 14:2-3). So you can’t go now, but Jesus will come back to get you. Finally, Jesus tells you, “And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:4). Would you again question if He is speaking literally or figuratively?

Thomas was likely wondering this very thing and he decided to ask a question. Questions are a good thing when asked from an honest heart. Do not hesitate to ask questions but be prepared for the answer. Thomas asked, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5).

Jesus’ answer is one of the profound “I am” statements recorded in the gospel according to John: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Do you accept Jesus’ answer? Do you follow Him as the way, the truth, and the life?

Jesus is very clear: He is the only way to the Father. Neither Muhammed, nor Buddha, nor the Pope, nor your denominational pastor, can get you to heaven. They do not know the way, and they do not teach the truth. Only Jesus. If you are following someone that is not following the Bible, you’re going the wrong way (John 8:32).

Jesus also says He is the life. He provides abundant life here (John 10:10) and eternal life in heaven (John 3:14-16; 5:24; 1 John 5:12-13) to His followers. Are you following Him?

“I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6)

I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life John 14:6

John 14:6

I. “I am the way”

    A. The way to heaven (John 14:2-3, 5)
    B. We are powerless to achieve this on our own (Romans 3:9-12, 23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
    C. He is the way – the only way to heaven (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18)

II. “I am the truth”

    A. He is the truth Himself, united with the Father (John 1:14-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 14:7-10; 1:1)
    B. The truth provides freedom (John 8:31-32; 1 John 2:3-6)

III. “I am the life”

    A. Abundant life here (John 10:10b)
    B. Eternal life in heaven (John 3:14-16; 5:24; 1 John 5:12-13)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 224/260: Read John 14

The Lord has told His disciples that He was about to be betrayed by one of them. He has told them on multiple occasions that He would be put to death. He tells them near the end of the last chapter, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward” (John 13:36). If you were one of His closest friends, would you have been concerned?

Jesus likely recognized that they struggled as they processed this information, and He says, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” To paraphrase: “Don’t worry. Trust the Father and trust Me.”

The apostles didn’t have the full picture yet, so Jesus wanted to set their minds at ease. He said He has everything under control, and He was making things ready for them too. “In My Father’s house there are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I got to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Heaven is prepared for the faithful; hell is prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Sadly, many will choose to spend eternity in a place that was never intended for them (Matthew 7:13-14).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

John 12:48. He who _____________ Me, and does not receive My words, has that which _____________ him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

Pray

Pray for comfort as you seek to do God’s will, following Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life.