“I’m going away.”
“You can’t come now.”
“But how can we follow when we can’t come with you? We don’t know the way nor where you’re going?”
Clouds of confusion casted shadows of sorrow over the perplexed disciples. None of the Lord’s words made sense.
Jesus explained –
- “Let not your heart be troubled:
- ye believe in God,
- believe also in me.
- In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
- I go to prepare a place for you.
- And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself:
- that where I am, there ye may be also.
- And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”
I believe Thomas spoke the heart of all the others when he asked:
“Lord, we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?”
Thomas, so much like us, wanted to follow the Lord, wanted to understand, but he couldn’t quite grasp what Jesus was saying. Jesus answered –
“I am the way;
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father but by me.
If ye had known me,
ye should have known my Father also:
and from henceforth ye know him and have seen him.”
Now it’s Philip’s turn to try and get this straight. We have to appreciate Thomas’ and Philip’s confusion and willingness to ask the unspoken questions. For their confusion brings Jesus’ comments to light for us.
“Jesus saith unto him,
Have I been so long time with you and
yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father:
and how sayest thou, then,
Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me?
the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself
but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me;
or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”
- Jesus had told his confused children where He was going – to his Father’s house.
- He told them why – to prepare a place for them.
- He even told them the way – he would come back and get them and take them to his Father’s house.
These men knew God but had not known him before as Father, even though many times Jesus explained this to them. He didn’t chide them for their confusion. Instead, he gave them himself – a picture from the inside out of the Father.
Thomas and Philip believed in God, but Jesus wanted them to believe God is his Father. That he is God the Son. He wanted them to understand he alone is the only way to the Father.
In a brief statement, Jesus is the way to the Father. Believing him is the first step to following the Way to the Father’s house.
In the next post, we will walk a little deeper into the way. How did you come to know the way to the Father? How would you explain the way to others?