If you haven’t read the post from Monday, here is a quick summary. By God’s grace alone, we are entering our 4th year as “Come Awake.” As a celebration, we wanted to refocus on our commitment to his infallible Word! Each day of this week we are posting a new challenge, and the first person to comment correctly in response to the challenge will be rewarded with a personalized Come Awake gift! Before we get into the challenge for today, let’s spend a moment in the Word.
Imagine spending every minute with someone you love for three years. Imagine spending every minute with someone who loves you for three years. And then imagine how it must feel when they tell you they’re leaving. Regardless of what terms they’re leaving on, the feeling is probably the same:
That’s what I imagine Thomas felt as he spoke with Jesus in John 14.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, 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
Jesus promises here that His physical absence will only be temporary. He tells His disciples that He isn’t leaving without cause, but for a purpose – for them, to prepare a place for them. He tells them not to be troubled, but we see from Thomas’ response that they are.
Isn’t it interesting that Jesus tells the disciples that they already know the way to where He is going? And yet Thomas vehemently objects. We do not know… How can we know?
Questions we ask even today.
But Jesus, in patient love, simply answers Thomas’ question. The answer is Him. He was the answer back then, and He is the answer even now. It’s always been Him.
But do we believe that? No, not always. But we must! We must believe He is who He says He is. We must believe that He is sovereign. We must believe that His plans are not without cause, but rather, for a divine and perfect reason. We must believe. And in the believing, we must fight against our hearts’ desire to doubt and fret. In the believing we must cling to His promise that He will return for us. In the believing we must trust His words:
Isn’t this what we’ve always wanted? Yes. It’s everything our human logic requires, it’s everything our feeble hearts long for. We know the way. We know the truth. We know the life. But are we taking it?
Describe John 14:6 with regards to the following:
What way? What truth? What life?
Guidelines: Describe each of the three phrases in no more than 2-3 sentences and be sure to provide supporting evidence from Scripture. Best answer wins! If there are multiple “best answers,” then the one with the earliest time stamp wins!