â€œThomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?â€ (John 14:5)
Many times along lifeâ€™s way we face uncertainties, opposition, and even doubt. When we do, it is helpful to recognize that those who lived with Christ when He was here on Earth faced the same perplexities. His answers and assurances to them in John 14 are meant for us as well.
â€œLet not your heart be troubled,â€ He said (John 14:1)â€”an emphatic command which could be rendered: â€œDonâ€™t continue to be troubled.â€ The solution: â€œYe believe in God, believe also in me.â€ We believe God can supply all the answers to our troubles. But Christ is God! He is the solution. He is â€œthe way, the truth, and the lifeâ€ (14:6), and is the only solution, for â€œno man cometh unto the Father, but by [him].â€
He is the Way: â€œIn my Fatherâ€™s house are many mansions. . . . I go to prepare a place for you. And . . . I will come again, and receive you unto myselfâ€ (14:2-3). Whatever else may befall us, our destiny is sure. His reputation is at stake, for He has promised a place in the Fatherâ€™s house.
He is the Truth: Peter had just been informed of his coming denial (13:38), that he would openly assert a lie. Jesus said He is â€œthe truth.â€ â€œThe words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but of the Father that dwelleth in meâ€ (14:10). Words and thoughts not in accordance with His are not â€œtruth,â€ we can be sure of that.
He is the Life: Speaking of His imminent death, Christ said, â€œWhither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwardsâ€ (13:36), indicating their own eventual persecution and martyrdom. Yet their ultimate victory, as well as comfort (14:16-18), were assured.
How can those things be? â€œWhatsoever ye shall ask in my name,â€ Christ said, â€œthat will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Sonâ€ (14:13). JDM