The “I AM” message series continues next Sunday as Pastor Rob returns to teach on
Jesus’ words in John 14:6,
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
prepare our hearts for that message, this week in our devotionals we will be
reading and reflecting on John 14:1–14.
thank Chris White, a member of the WBC Shepherding Team and the Pathways Adult
Class, for preparing this week’s devotional thoughts. Chris also credits his
daughter, Sarah, with assisting in the writing process.
1“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4And you know the way to where I am going.”
5“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.
9Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. 11 Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do.
12“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. 13You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. 14Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!
Just before Jesus had the conversation we’ve just read, He performed the ultimate act of servanthood and of love by washing His disciples’ feet (John 13:1–17). He then tells them of His pending betrayal (13:18–30), and even tells Peter that he is going to deny his Lord. Jesus also makes it very clear He will be leaving them soon (vs. 33 and following).
At that point, the disciples are off balance, not sure what all that Jesus is telling them means, not sure what to do or think. Jesus sees their confusion and understands their fears. With the love of a teacher, He begins to reassure them. In John 14:1–4, we read His words of comfort.
“Don’t be afraid,” He says. “You can trust Me.” Then He tells them that He is going ahead to prepare a place for them, and that He will come back for them, and He and assures them that they know the way.
Fear sets in as they understand that Jesus is really going to leave them, and they experience that gut-gripping sensation of loss, uncertainty, and confusion. Thomas verbalizes the question that others were probably thinking, “Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus responds with those words we know so well: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Many of us have seen life from both sides, as a non-believer and as a believer. Life as a non-believer has little to offer in those times when we are knocked off balance, as Jesus’ disciples were. For them it was a sudden fear that this One, Who they had left all to follow, was about to desert them.
For us today it could be a circumstance like a lost job, a sudden illness, a broken marriage, or another crushing loss that causes us to be gripped with fear. For the person without Christ, there is no hope and no place to turn -- though some try turning to alcohol, drugs and other destructive behavior.
For the believer, these life crises are no less painful. But in Christ we do have hope. Jesus gives us that hope. He is the great I AM. Through prayer, and with the support of His church -- our community of believers -- we are able to look fear and hopelessness in the eye, and say, “There is no place for you in my life. In Jesus name, I have hope. I have the Way.”
There are so many times I fail, and I have turned away yet You are always faithful, always present, always loving. You are a present help in a time of great darkness. Help me in my darkness to seek out Your light and place my trust and hope in You. You are my only hope.