“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Anyone who knows me knows that one of my talents is overthinking. That has included many times I read God’s Word. I know I’m not alone. When thinking in human terms, many times we think love is earned. So is status. And many people have tried to earn their way into Heaven. I spent many years believing I had to fix myself before I could find favor with God, even though it clearly says in John that whosoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.
It’s very simple to me now, but over analytical me had to figure out why it was so simple. Coming across John 14:6, though I’ve read it, heard it, and quoted it so many times, I finally realized why.
Let’s say that somehow I found a way to be good enough to get to Heaven. Just pretend, of course, because I’m not. But just imagine, I was able to earn my ticket to Heaven. Great. Now what?
I don’t really know how to get there. Literally. I don’t know where it’s located. Can’t look it up on my Maps app. I’ve never been there. I couldn’t even tell you which direction to head if you paid me. But I know someone who does.
Jesus has been to Heaven. He knows the way to get there. And I don’t mean some metaphorical way as in you have to do this to get there. Maybe it helps if we read just before John 14:6.
““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.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?””
John 14:1-5 NKJV
Thomas said it best. We don’t know where you’re going, so how do we know where to go to be with you?
There are so many stories, inspirational quotes, and examples of Jesus taking us places. Footprints in the sand comes to mind. But it really boils down to John 14:6. Jesus is the way. We call ourselves followers of Christ, but sometimes I forget that we are literally following Him.
The best realization I had in this is that it isn’t about just following Christ to Heaven. Christ is the way between here and there also. Christ took the path we are on. He was born. He didn’t lead the life of luxury or the life of the king. He lived a common life. And He died, just as we all will. He was tempted, just as we are. So he knows where the traps and pitfalls are along the path. So to follow Him, we have to keep our eyes on Him. Just like a road when driving. If you take your eyes off it, not only might you have an accident, you probably will drive off the road. Same with Jesus. As we go through this life, keeping our eyes on Jesus will keep us on the path and will lead us away from the pitfalls and traps. The temptations and sin.
It’s so simple and incredible at the same time. Thomas admits to Jesus that he doesn’t know the way. I know I don’t. But Jesus does, and He is the way to the Father. He knows the way and He’s been there. Just keep your eyes on Him!
And it even applies to daily life. So when people try to drag you down, don’t take your eyes of Jesus and turn it to them. Jesus is the truth, and He has lots to say about you. When things go wrong, keep eyes on Jesus and He will lead you out. I know I spent years angry at life and turned away from Jesus. Blamed him even. It took a while, but I did come back. I admitted I was hurt and lost my way. And Jesus led me back.
So I guess as we commemorate the day Jesus rose back to life, it’s amazing for me that Jesus or only knows the way, He desires to show me. And you. He desires me to come with Him. And you, too! Happy Easter.