4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:4-6 NIV)
Jesus was speaking to His disciples about His soon coming departure. He would be leaving them, but He promised to come back for them so that they might be where He was going. Then He said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas, we know him as “doubting Thomas,” spoke up and said, “We don’t have a clue. How are we supposed to know the way to where You are going?” I love Thomas’ response. He wasn’t trying to be a smart-alick. He wasn’t trying to stir things up. Thomas was just being honest by admitting–“I’m clueless.”
At that point Jesus hadn’t gone to the Cross, there were still a lot of unanswered questions for Jesus’ followers, and they just didn’t get it. They wouldn’t get it until after Jesus had risen from the grave.
We live in a different day. We have God’s Word. We live on this side of Jesus’ resurrection so we know that Jesus is the way to Heaven, we know that Jesus is the Truth of God, and we know that Jesus holds the key to life, even eternal life. All of this is true, and yet in many ways, we are just like Thomas–we don’t have a clue about much of life.
How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you couldn’t figure it out–you could make a way out of your predicament? How many times have you been in a place where the truth seemed elusive and you thought, “If only I knew the truth about what was going on?” How many times have you been in a dark place and it seemed like life would never be the same for you again? We need to know that Jesus is not just the way to Heaven, but Jesus is the way through every storm we will find ourselves in today. We need to know that Jesus is the Truth in the midst of all of our uncertainty, all the confusion, that we will face today. We need to know that life is more than the accumulation of exciting experiences or desirable “things.” Life, the life God intends for us to experience, is experienced only by those who are passionately pursuing to know Jesus more and more. Today, I want to remember, whatever comes my way, that Jesus is the way through it all, He is Truth in my confusion, and He alone is the life that my soul longs to experience.