April 10, 2014

Finding Your Way

John 14:4-14

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


Several years ago I traveled with my daughter to a foreign city where we needed to navigate a complex train system, using a language that was very unfamiliar to me. I wasn’t very good at it. Thankfully my daughter was. She consistently showed me the right way to go.

Sometimes getting where we want to go in life can be confusing. After Jesus told his disciples he would be leaving them, Thomas said he didn’t know where Jesus was going or how to get there.

I like Thomas’s honest questions. He doesn’t hide his confusion. Sometimes Christians think they need to know all the answers. But Jesus doesn’t scold Thomas for not understanding. He gives him directions. Jesus tells Thomas the way to navigate successfully. And that way is Jesus himself. If the goal of life is to get with the Father, to get with God, then Jesus is the way.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” It might help to think of it this way: each one of us has a God-shaped void in us that only God can fill. As we long to be filled with God, Jesus is the way there. The truth of his Word will guide us. And along the way, his life in us gives us the power to stay on track. What a wonderful journey! What a wonderful Lord and Savior!

Dear God, thank you that through Jesus we have a way to get with you. Help us to follow Jesus, our way, truth, and life. Amen.

About the author — Ruth Boven

Ruth Boven serves as minister of congregational life at LaGrave Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She and her husband, Greg, have two adult children. They find rich purpose in urban ministry and delight in enjoying the wonders of God's good creation.

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