Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly. And you know where I am going and how to get there.
“No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me. If you had known who I am, then you would have known who my Father is. From now on you know him—and have seen him!”
As the Way, Jesus is our path to the Father. As the Truth, he is the reality of all God’s promises. As the Life, he joins his divine life to ours, both now and eternally.
Often ascribed as narrow and even arrogant of Christians to claim this promise of God to the rejection of all other approaches of faith, the charge is no more than a failure to see what the Father has afforded to His Son in this text. The Father gives all authority to judge His Creation and the children of that creation. Simply put, we will face Jesus one way or the other. If we do not respond to Him in this life, we will stand before Him in the judgment of the next life.
The Good News is that we can cement that relationship now. We can receive His offer of forgiveness and stand acquitted on that day. His claim to be the way and the truth was not boasting but offering hope to all those trying so much in their own strength to make peace with God.
One Year with Jesus