Daily Reflection – 5/8/2020
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where [I] am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:1-6)
Today’s scripture is one that speaks volumes to each of us. It’s true in every season but particularly in the current state of the world where so much of what we have known seems turned on its head. So many of the ‘things” of life that brought us comfort are no longer within our reach. So many people we know – or knew – seem personally affected by the pandemic and its effects. So much that we took as certain no longer seems to be.
Shining through all of this are these words spoken by our Savior. They are words of comfort. They are words of promise. They are words of healing. They are words of reassurance. They are words of certainty/
Facing his apostles and seeing their fear of the future, Jesus did not promise them their troubles were going away. But He did tell them, as He tells us, that He would be with them in the midst of their troubles. He would be a constant force and source of strength. He was with them, as He is with us, as He reminds us “Do not let your hearts be troubled, you have faith in God, have faith in me.”
And Jesus gives us even more certainty when he reminds us that in His father’s house, there are many dwelling places. There is a place for me and for you! But how can we mortals be assured of that? The answer lies in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ utters a single sentence that clears our path to heaven. “I am the Way, I am the truth, and I am the Life. No man comes to the Father, but through Me.” He is our Mediator who has provided the way by His incarnation, life, atoning death, resurrection and ascension.
Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the absolute truth of God. There is no one else to turn to. Jesus is “the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).
Jesus Christ takes us by the hand and leads us; He strengthens us and guides us personally every day. He does not tell us about the way; He is the Way. Jesus says to you and me, “Come, go with me and I will take you to heaven. I will lead the way. Come, I will take you there Myself.”
The most important thing for us is not merely to know that Jesus is the Way but to follow Him on the way he indicates. His way is not easy. It’s certainly not popular. In a life full of going through unchartered territory, roadblocks and detours, He helps us to keep our eyes firmly fixed on Him so that he can lead us to the eternal destination of the Father’s house.
Today may each of take any troubles, concerns or fears that we have to Jesus. Jesus will walk with us, strengthen us, heal us and gladden our hearts. Jesus truly is our “Way, Truth and Life.” The question for us is: will we choose to walk daily with Him? He is waiting for us! Will we choose to walk daily to Him?
Prayer of The Day
“Lord, I do long to be with You eternally in Heaven. I long to be comforted, consoled and filled with joy in Your home. Help me to always keep this as my goal in life and to grow, daily in a desire for this final resting place. Jesus, I trust in You.”
Do we seek to see everything through His light, the light of faith, or do we see even the things of faith through the suspicious eyes of a secularized world? Are we grounding ourselves on the Truth he has taught us or on some other foundation? Are we humble enough to know that we don’t have all the answers and to go to him for the answers to the most important questions?