'Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.' Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can 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. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.'
(Church in Wales Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)
John 14.1-6 was my mother's favourite passage in the Bible, and so I have been familiar with these words since childhood. There have been hundreds of chapters written about them, as well as thousands of funeral sermons.
But they came to my mind one night when I followed a friend to her home in my car. As dusk drew on, it became harder to keep her in sight. Finally as we came to some traffic lights, I got left behind. She was unable to stop so she kept going, knowing that I had her address.
A few moments later I had to admit I had a problem, there was no sign of her car. I pulled over and put her address into my satnav, before setting off again. However, it wasn't long before I realised that I had a major difficulty. The road was getting very narrow, and ahead was a barrier in front of what had once been a ford, but was now a fast-flowing river. Her house appeared to be over the other side of the water, but this couldn't be the way to get there. Luckily, she realised what had happened and crossed over a footbridge, helped me turn round, and directed me where to go.
We have looked at five of the "I am" sayings (see the links above), and this is the sixth. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the way to the Father, and He is the way to our Heavenly home. It is He who will guide us in the right way when we feel life has thrown up a problem, so do not let your heart be troubled, but believe! Oh, and ask Him for help!
when we are troubled in body, mind, or spirit,
help us to trust you to lead us to safety.
Help us to know instinctively how to follow You;
but when we are lost meet us on the road
and guide us home.
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