When Jesus was preparing the disciples for his departure (He didn’t say “crucifixion”, but with the benefit of hindsight, that’s what we know it was), they were afraid. Their beloved teacher was announcing to them that He would be leaving. Jesus always offered comfort to His disciples, and His Words still bring peace to us today:
“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust Me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on My way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on My way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking” (John 14:1-4 MSG)
Jesus was talking about a clear path, a straight road with one destination: a heavenly home with our Father God. Something maybe as simple as the road in the picture on the left here. However, in their fear and unease over hearing Jesus was leaving, they couldn’t see a clear path – maybe a jumble like the one I see in the picture on the right. (The picture on the right makes perfect sense to my husband – I have no sense of direction, and it just looks like a mess to me! Stresses me out just thinking about having to follow that!)
Thomas was the first to speak out. I know he gets a bad rap sometimes, but I like him – he just needs information and clarification. Many times, I’m the same way. It encourages me that Jesus is so patient with Thomas. He isn’t offended by our questions! Thomas asks Jesus,
“Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?” (John 14:5 MSG)
In the next verses, Jesus makes it simple to understand: Jesus Himself is the Road. (and He isn’t frustrated with Thomas’ question, as He will not be frustrated with yours). All we have to do is keep our eyes on Him. Simple to understand, but it is not always an easy path to follow. Trusting and obeying, He will always lead you to success (2 Cor. 2:14).
One of my favorite verses is John 14:18. One [of many] comforting things Jesus tells His disciples was this:
“I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive”
Jesus always COMES, He never LEAVES. That in itself is such a comfort. Do you feel alone? Don’t depend on feelings – confess the Word of God over your life.
“The Lord came” (Genesis 11:5, Exodus 19:20, Numbers 11:25, Numbers 12:5)
“the Spirit of the Lord came” (Judges 14:19)
“You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came” (Isaiah 64:3)
“the hand of the Lord came” (Ezekiel 37:11)
“I will not leave you orphans, I will come” (John 14:18)
Having a clear path and a constant Companion to guide us – that’s a treasure! Praying you experience this clarity and companionship with Jesus today ❤