The Gospel of John: a commentary & meditation 
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life"

Scripture: John 14:1-6

1 "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am 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 can 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 by me.

Meditation: Do you allow any troubles to rob you of God’s peace? As much as we try to avoid it, we all inevitably encounter troubles and difficulties, and
sometimes more than we think we can handle!  Jesus knew his disciples would have to face adversity and trials after he left them to return to his Father. Jesus assured them that his departure is for their good, in order tosecure a place for them in God’s house – a place of refuge, peace, and everlasting happiness.  The Lord Jesus assures us of a safe passage to our true home in heaven with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

If heaven is our destination, how can we be sure we know the way without some kind of map or guide?  The scriptures speak of the way we should go.  “You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  Youshall walk in all the way which the Lord your God has commanded you” (Deuteronomy 5:32-33).  “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and fools shall not err therein” (Isaiah).  Teach me your way, O Lord; and lead me on a level path” (Psalm 27:11).  Jesus proclaims: “I am the Way.”  The Lord Jesus does not simply give advice and direction.  He personally is the way, and we cannot miss it.  He leads and guides us personally every day.  The Lord Jesus also is the Truth.  Many can say, "I have taught you the truth."  Only Jesus can say, I am the Truth. Moral truth cannot be conveyed in words alone; it must be conveyed in example.  Jesus embodies the truth in his person.  Jesus also is the Life.  He not only shows us the path of life (Psalm 16:11); he gives the kind of life which only God can give -- eternal life.  Is there any fear or trouble which keeps you from the perfect peace and happiness of a life surrendered to Christ?

 "Lord Jesus, you fill us with the joy of your saving presence and you give us the hope of everlasting life with the Father in Heaven. Show me the Father that I may know and glorify him more fully." 

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