Read John 14
The door closes with a thud and my face is the first to feel the thaw of indoor warmth. I drop my bags and my shoulders sigh with relief. Taking a deep breath, I note the smell of this familiar place and hear the voice that greets me daily: “Welcome home, my love.”
A sense of home is a hunger of the human heart. Jesus tells His disciples that He is leaving them, but assures them that He is preparing for them an eternal Home: “If it were not so, would I have told you I was going to prepare a place for you? … That where I am, there you may be as well.”
But the disciples aren’t quite sure what this means. Where is Jesus going? What does that mean for Him—or for them? Into this confusion Jesus concludes confidently, “… And you know the way to where I am going.” I’m thankful for doubting Thomas’ honesty or we would miss Jesus’ reassuring response. Thomas confesses Lord, we have no clue where you are going. So, how can we know the way there?
Jesus said to him, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus does not leave the disciples—or us—with a map or itinerary, but He offers Himself. There is no travel schedule or “X”-marked map, but Jesus Himself is the way to the Father. The road to our eternal Home is not marked out in red routes, but found in the very wounds of our Savior. He is the Way that leads us to the Father, He is the Truth that keeps our compass set, and He is the Life that sustains us on the journey.
In His kindness, God did not leave us with anything less than Himself.
In seasons of suffering or doubt, it is easy to wonder with Thomas if we truly know the way to our eternal Home. In these times, Christian, look to Jesus—to His risen body that promises us that death will not hold us, and His ascension that assures that a way has been made for God’s people to live in God’s presence.
Christian, you know the way to where He has gone: Jesus. Jesus is our way Home, and His is the voice we will one day hear, “Welcome Home, my love.”
Consider your response: Spend some time thanking God that He left you with nothing less than Himself. Invite His Spirit to lead you today and every day as we journey to our eternal Home.
-Written by Amy Gannett