Jesus was now laser focused and on mission. He used this last night to complete the final preparation of His Apostles to build His church. As with any great servant leader, Jesus knew how to calm His friends’ fears and answer the questions that were troubling them. Jesus first reminds the men that they are to believe in God and also believe in Him, the Messiah. He was not abandoning them. He was only finishing the current assignment and preparing for His return to the Father. Jesus also revealed to them He would make things ready in heaven for their arrival, whereupon they would rule with Him.
Thomas, the guy that needs facts, was the first to jump in. If it were today, Thomas’ question might have been, “Siri, driving directions to the place where our master is going!” While Thomas voiced the question, clearly, it was on the heart of all the men – “We need to know how to get to you, Lord!”
That is when Jesus revealed one of the hardest principles to understand about this new life in Himself – getting to God is not a question of what to do or where to go, but rather the simple belief that He is Lord! His response to Thomas echos through the halls of faith – “EGO EIMI” – “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father, except through me.”
Reuniting with God will never be about our activity or our accomplishments. It will always be based soley on knowing Jesus and following His lead by faith. Jesus was God! He was and is the I AM. Jesus, as Emmanuel, (God with us) remains the answer to the impassable and impossible abyss that sin created between us and the Father.
Jesus was not simply one way to God. He was not a short cut. He was the only bridge that allowed us safe crossing into the kingdom of God. Even now, thousands of years later, we still struggle with the narrowness and exlusivity of God’s plan for redemption. We want some measure of control in shaping our destiny. It is simply not meant to be. Since the beginning, God knew we could never earn our salvation; sin precluded that.
Jesus, with the unconditional love of the Father, took away any question. I AM the way, the truth, and the life. There is no one that can crawl into the warm embrace of the eternal God by their own means. Jesus knew that His main leadership had to grasp this truth before any other.
God Bless You
“Do not let your heart be troubled; [a]believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 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. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Oneness with the Father
7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. 12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.