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Advent Devotion 12.23.19

John 14: 6
Jesus said …, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ 
 
When I was in high school there was a kind of Christian revival going on. We referred to it as the “Jesus Movement”. I had several friends who were in the movement. They wore big wooden crosses around their necks and spent a good deal of time at “prayer meetings”. When describing what they believed, they would usually look up, point an index finger to the sky and say, “There’s only one way!” That little phrase comes from our text today. But what does it really mean? We need to put it in context. This is part of Jesus’ Final Discourse to his disciples. Jesus is telling them that he is leaving. This is what he says:
 
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. 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, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place 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. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
 
Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. He tells them they know how to get there. Thomas (typically) says something like, “I don’t know the way!” So, Thomas is asking directions. Jesus gives Thomas (and thanks to John, us) the directions. Follow Jesus. He is the way. He is the path. He is the route. If you follow Jesus’ directions, you will find the Father’s house. Anyone can follow them.
 
That is one reason why Jesus came. To tell us those directions.



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