The Scriptures covered in this post are from John 14:1-6
You recall that in John 13:19 Jesus had foretold His disciples what was about to happen, before it happened, so that they would believe that He is the promised Messiah. And then we have the dialogue between Peter and Jesus where Peter says he is willing to follow Jesus in death and Jesus lets Peter know that Peter will in fact, deny Him three times.
John 14:1-6 NASB reads as follows: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Understand that for approximately three years these disciples of Jesus had been following Him, listening to the truths that He spoke about God and themselves, watching Him heal numerous people with diseases and ailments, and seeing Him do things like walking on water, taking authority over demons, raising people from the dead and commanding the elements to be still, that no ordinary human being could possibly do. And now, at this point in time, just prior to His death on the cross, Jesus reveals some of the most beautiful and profound truths that He possibly can, to His disciples and to us.
If ever there was a time to put all of what they had heard and seen, had in fact, actually been eye witnesses to, into one solidifying realization, this was the time to bring it all together, and that is exactly what Jesus does.
What is about to happen is going to turn the disciples world upside down. Jesus knows this. And what does He say?
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.” Considering Jesus knew what was coming down the road for Him, notice where His concern is. For His disciples and how they are going to react to what is about to unfold. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.”
And then Jesus reveals realities that He has not expanded on before.
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. And you know the way where I am going.”
What believer in Christ has not thought about these truths?
When I consider what Isaiah 64:4, 65:17 and the Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:9, this truth that Jesus gives us presents a bigger picture, one that looks beyond this physical world that we see, to spiritual realities and truths that await us.
And then Jesus ends this declaration by stating “And you know the way where I am going.”
Do you think Jesus was waiting for the question from Thomas? I’m pretty sure He was.
“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do NOT know where You are going; HOW do we know the way?” Was Jesus prepared for this question? Yes He was.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Remember that solidifying realization I mentioned previously?
Not only is Jesus the only way that God the Father has ordained that we can be forgiven for ours sins and reconciled to our Father, but Jesus is also the absolute truth of the revelation of and from God and the sole source of all material/physical and eternal spiritual life.
“No one comes to the Father except through Me.” No one, as in no other way. And the why of that is because only Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was without Sin, the Son of God who the Father sent, paid the price on the cross that our transgressions against the Holy nature of God demanded, against the Holiness that God our Father is.
I am going to add a link to a post that deals specifically with this time frame that the Apostle John is drawing our attention to. This is just before Jesus is taken away and this post covers some of the realities of what is about to take place. Read it if you get a chance, as it gives us some insight to the profoundness of Jesus’s teachings and the importance of this particular point in time: https://abideingod7.wordpress.com/2021/04/01/i-am-leaving-the-world-the-last-words-of-a-man-betrayed-2/
More to follow.
Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!