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    I AM the Way

    April 7, 2020 Tom Linderman
    Journey To The Cross - Day 12

    John 14:1-7 (ESV)
    14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 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. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”


    With each passing hour, Jesus is teaching important theology to His disciples. He is well aware of the coming crucifixion and the disciple's nieve understanding. He lovingly warns them of their troubled hearts by reassuring them that they will soon be together in His Father’s house. The disciples were struggling to understand.

    There were so many things going on that just didn’t make any sense. Having the Romans occupy the land of Isreal was unacceptable and the idea of Jesus being crucified as part of God’s plan was inconceivable to them.

    To help the disciples, Jesus often spoke plainly to them. He would explain the meanings of parables and repeatedly told them of His coming death and resurrection.

    Now, Jesus went so far as to say that He and God the Father were the same! Could they understand? Perhaps it is less about understanding and more about faith and belief.

    We don’t know if Jesus paused as he said “I AM” - “the way”. If He did, the reference would have reminded these disciples of the burning bush in Exodus where God called Himself “I AM”. They knew even Moses could not look at the face of God. Amazingly, now Jesus says that just as they see Him, they are seeing God the Father as well.

    We may be like the disciples and struggle to understand, but we too can choose to believe! Oh that we would be quick to hear, have faith and simply believe.

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