My hubby travels quite a bit for his job, but his hobby is flying single engine private planes. I go with him often when he has a trip. We are currently in Lakeland, Florida at the Sun & Fun Fly-In and Air Show. GPSs are fantastic devices in cars and planes that help us navigate with fewer problems. Fewer is a key term! We got turned around trying to find our hotel late last night causing us to make about five turn arounds. The GPS seemed a bit confused, too. It kept trying to re-route us with far more turns and distance than was actually needed. Finally, we arrived at the hotel tired and nerves frazzled. There really was a simple route, but because we did not know how to get there on our own, it became very complicated quickly.
In John 14, Thomas seemed confused about Jesus’ words. At the Passover Feast in John 13, Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet to set an example of being a servant, then they broke bread together. Afterward, Judas was identified as the Betrayer and Peter was told that he would deny Jesus three times. As the night wore on, Jesus began teaching the disciples regarding His death and resurrection (John 14). This was a lot for these men to take in. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go 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. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”(verses 1-4) He was giving them the assurance that He was preparing a place for them with Him and God the Father. He also promised to come back for them, that they would know the way to get to where He would be. Some translations say mansions while others say rooms. Really, what does it matter except to spend eternity with God!
For some reason, this confused Thomas. But remember, after Jesus was resurrected, Thomas struggled to believe until he placed his hand in the wound of Jesus’ side. (John 20:26-27) He wanted to know how to get to where Jesus would be. Why would Jesus say they would know the way? That didn’t seem to make sense to Thomas. So Jesus clarified it for Thomas, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(verse 6) Jesus is the way! All it took was to believe that word from Jesus!
Often, it is very confusing with all the religious teachings out there. Some of them claim that all ways lead to heaven (Nirvana). But Jesus plainly states that there is only one way and it is through Him. No confusing directions, no messed up GPS, just one straight route to eternity with God and that is through Jesus Christ as Savior. Why do we try so hard on our own to work our way there? Our sins are forgiven the moment we put our trust in Jesus as the One Way!
Would you do that today? It’s really that simple. You can pray, “Jesus, I am a sinner and I am sorry. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I give my life to you because you are my Lord, the one who knows the way. Amen.”
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God bless you!