Jesus is the Way
“I am the way….”
Old timers squint quizzically when they see them, but they bring my city-born husband joy as he watches for them to turn on each evening—small solar lights. I believe we have about nine now, including one on the stake above the hummingbird feeder. His goal is to ‘light the way’ from the front gate down the winding pasture road to the cabin. He wants to be able to say to guests, “Just follow the light!”
Jesus seems to have the same objective with His disciples. It’s their last meal together before His crucifixion, and He’s explaining that He’ll be leaving soon. They will not be able to come with Him just yet but will be coming later. Jesus describes the place He’ll be preparing for them in terms of an opulent Mediterranean home with many rooms, one for each of them. Jesus adds that He’ll be coming back to take them with Him so they can be together once again.
That’s when Thomas asks what seems to be a logical question, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus replies, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus spoke earlier in John 8:12, “…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The light Jesus provided for Thomas has continued to light the way for His followers throughout the centuries. We know we will be in His presence immediately when we take our last breath on earth. We’ll dwell with Him forever when He physically returns at the second coming. Regardless of whether we’re alive when He returns or we join Him in our resurrected bodies, we’ll find our way to Him. He’s got the logistics covered. All we have to do is follow Him!
Thank you, Jesus, that today You calm my concerns just as you calmed Thomas’ concerns two thousand years ago. Thank You for being the Way.