John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”-John 14:6

When Thomas scoffed, “We don’t know the way,” Jesus responded, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If I were Thomas, I would have been thinking, “That clears up absolutely nothing.” Thomas wanted to know where Jesus was going; he wasn’t thinking about union with the Trinity.

My friend Mindy rendered John 14:6 in this way—“I am the Way to a Holy God, the grace way. I am the truth embodied, opposed to deception, illusion, and falsehood. I am the life—abundant, genuine, real, and complete for this life and the next life.” Mindy gets it. Jesus was telling these men that their deepest thirst was not for a certain place, nor in material wealth, nor in kingdoms. Their deepest desire was for relationship with the Father, Son, and Spirit. Jesus’s words are invitational. “If you want true life, if you want completeness, it’s through me. You won’t find it in any other way.”

Jesus, like Thomas, I can become so confused about where you are taking me. I confess that in my frustration, I often travel toward lesser destinations. Remind me daily of your invitation to the only true destination, life with you. Amen.

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