Familiarity. We like familiarity. We like things that are familiar to us. As we read Psalm 139 we can’t help but realize that we are familiar to God our Creator. After all, He made us – He created us. He created us to have a relationship with Him. In that relationship, He knows everything about us.
That’s familiarity. In last month’s newsletter we began looking at familiar passages of Scripture – God’s Word to us. We looked at Psalm 23 – the Shepherd Psalm. And while the words of the first paragraph come from Psalm 139, we will look at that Psalm in the months ahead. Instead, I wanted to take a closer look at another passage familiar to us: John 14:1-6. Here is that passage:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Jesus has but a short time left before His crucifixion. He knows it, but His disciples do not, so He tries to comfort them. He assures them that His death and resurrection will happen – they will take place – they must take place, as God the Father completes His love for us through His Son. Jesus will pay the ultimate price for us – losing His life so that God may gain us – His chief creation, really the reason He created
anything and everything. For us. Wow – He loves us that much!
There are so many key parts to this passage – too many for us to completely cover in one page of a newsletter. So, we’ll hit some key points:
1) “Do not be troubled.” We have a lot of troubling things we face in our lifetime. One of them is our own mortality. What happens after our dying? While the disciples are probably not thinking of this as Jesus speaks to them, it is something we all face. In this, Jesus tells us to not be troubled by it – there is life beyond our earthly life. Jesus died in order that we can have what we were ultimately created for – His death conquered our sin and our dying, to restore our relationship with God, broken by our sin.
Eternal life – in the very presence of our Creator!
2) “I go and prepare a place for you.” Where is Jesus going? First, He is going to die – to be crucified. He’s going to pay the ultimate price for our sin – His own death. He willingly went to the cross for us. He died that our sin would be forgiven and no longer held against us. Our separation from God, created by the sins we commit, is no longer there. Our relationship with Him – ours because He created us – is restored. What we could never accomplish is accomplished for us on the cross. Jesus died and rose again
– our place with Him was prepared almost 2,000 years ago. Amazing!
3) “I am the Way.” While I preached a couple of Sundays ago, I listed our church’s Core Beliefs – what we believe. What we believe about Jesus is that He is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life. That statement embodies the truth we find in John 14:6. In this lone verse is the truth that is much more than a claim. It is reality. It is what truly is – Jesus Christ is the Savior, of us and all humankind – yesterday, today and tomorrow. We gain our restored relationship with God the Father only because God rescued
and restored us through the death and resurrection of His Son. There is no other way this is accomplished – no other name by which we are saved (see Acts 4:12). Again, how amazing!
How amazing is God’s love for us! Behold, what manner of love the Father has given to us – the words of a song of praise. Words that are reality. Words that are ours. Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that You gave your life, that we might be saved. Amazing!