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God’s Story... For My Life - Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Only Way

Read John 14:1-14

[Jesus said,] “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
(John 14:2-7)

Reflect

There are few verses in Scripture that describe eternal life, but this passage is rich with promises. Here Jesus says, “I am going to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2) and “I will come and get you” (John 14:3). We can look forward to eternal life because Jesus has promised it to all who believe in him. Although the details of eternity are unknown, we need not fear because Jesus is preparing for it us, and he will spend eternity with us.

Jesus is the visible, tangible image of the invisible God. He is the complete revelation of what God is like. Jesus explained to Philip, who wanted to see the Father, that to know Jesus is to know God. The search for God, for truth and reality, ends in Jesus. (See also Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-4.) He is the way because he is both God and man. But Jesus says he is the only way to God the Father. Some people may argue that this way is too narrow. In reality, it is wide enough for the whole world, if the world chooses to accept it. Instead of worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way, we should be saying, “Thank you, God, for providing a sure way to get to you!”

Respond

Do you trust that Jesus will someday return to take you to the Father, and that all the benefits of being God’s child will be yours? Jesus used “I Am” statements to describe himself. To show your trust in his promise to return, how would you finish this statement: “He is _______”?