I am the Way and the Truth and the Life
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
I remember going to a party in my first week of University. Freshers Week is a scary time: you are meeting so many new people, trying to make good impressions and not be left feeling alone. I didn’t know anyone at this party and as a shy 18-year-old leaving home for the first time I was really out of my depth. I was so relieved when I noticed that at this party was one of my close friends from school. It was such a relief to see someone I knew that I could have a conversation with without any of the dreaded three questions (What’s your name? Where are you from? What are you studying?)
Whether it’s going to an event, starting at a new workplace, or moving to a new town, finding someone you know can make all the difference. You might be in an unfamiliar place but having someone familiar that you trust there with you can help you feel safe and secure.
What happens after we die is very mysterious. Even as people of faith, we don’t know exactly what is going to happen. While the Bible gives us hints of what is to come, it is often more cryptic than illuminating. What lies beyond this life is something we won’t learn until it’s our time to take that journey
Jesus didn’t tell us what is going to happen. I wonder if he was worried that if he said anything to concrete, we would become rigid and legalistic with it: do this, tick this box, and then you can get into heaven.
Instead he reassured his disciples by saying, “whatever happens, I will be there waiting for you.” Our hope lies not in knowing exactly what will happen after we die, our hope is in knowing who is waiting for us.
Prayer: Lord of life, we thank you for Jesus’s reassurances to us. What lies beyond our lives is a mystery to us, but we trust that whatever comes we will not do so alone. Help us to not live in fear, but to have confidence that whatever comes you will always be beside us.
Action: Take a moment to acknowledge your fears. Say them out loud, and know that whatever happens, you will never have to face them alone.
This Thought was written by David Moodie