1 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."
Jesus told his disciples, “You know the way to where I am going.” I love Thomas. He was thinking what I would be thinking. We do? Well, if Jesus said we do, I’m sure we do. But I don’t think we do. So, Thomas stated what everyone else was probably thinking. “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Jesus is telling his disciples that he is not only the desired destination, he is also the way to get there. This is a profound reality. Let’s meditate on it in two parts: Jesus as the destination, and Jesus as the way.
First, Jesus is the destination because he is a perfect reflection of the Father. To believe in God should also be to believe in Jesus (John 14:1). The true believer wants God more than anything, and God is found in the person of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus is the desired destination of every true believer.
Second, Jesus is the way to get to that destination – he is the way to get to God. He is not only the end, he is also the means to that end. The Christian faith is all about the glory of Jesus as both the end of all creation and the means to that end. This universe is about God glorifying himself in and through Jesus Christ.
And this is good news for us. We are redeemed for Christ and by Christ. We do not and can not earn our way to God through obedience, through good works, through consistent prayer, or through good (grand)parenting. We get to God through Jesus. He is the way, and there is no other.