I would like you to join me on a journey over the next six weeks called Godquest. Everyone is on a quest; not everyone realizes it. Every soul is seeking the same thing, longing for the same thing, but some are not even aware of it. And I think our common quest involves pressing life questions like: Can truth be known? Does God exist? Can we trust the Bible? Why is there evil and suffering? Our common destination can be found on the other side of those questions.
The first verses of this chapter kind of set the stage for our quest, as they depict the disciples of Jesus—His closest friends and followers—being told by Jesus that He was scouting out the path for them, that He would be their bellwether, their pathfinder, in the quest we’ll be studying these next six weeks. Turn there with me and follow along.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:1–6
Jesus is speaking these words in the days prior to His crucifixion. He’s preparing his disciples for His death, resurrection, and ascension. And you can see from Thomas’s reaction that he—and probably the rest of the disciples—were bothered when Jesus said He would be leaving them. But Jesus said, in effect, “Don’t worry; you know the way.” Thomas answered, in effect, “How can you say that? We don’t know the way.” And Jesus answered—don’t miss this—“I am the way …”
In other words, Jesus doesn’t just KNOW the way; He IS the way. Jesus doesn’t just GO the way; He IS the way. Jesus doesn’t just SHOW the way; He IS the way.
He said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” —John 14:6
We’re going to spend some time on that second statement, “I am the … truth,” because that’s a key starting point on this GodQuest.
Be wise today and always – seek God and follow His path.