Lent – Day 13: Wednesday, 3 March
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 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? 3 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.’
5 Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’
6 Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’
We will spend a week in the smoky atmosphere of John’s Gospel. It differs from the other three Gospels as Lapsang Souchong differs from other teas, or Lagavullin from other whiskies (my experience, anyway!). Here, the Last Supper event features strongly, taking up around a quarter of the real estate of the gospel. Chapters 13 to 17 start with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet prior to the meal together, and John doesn’t even mention Jesus’ institution of the Last Supper as a permanent remembrance for his followers!
Jesus talks about his Father’s house. It sounds like a large hotel. I’m not sure that I’m expecting to have a private room in heaven, or even a junior suite – what would I need a room for – I won’t be sleeping! There’s only the one space I’m interested in, and that’s the open bridal suite, where the Bride, the Church meets with the Groom, Christ Jesus in the Wedding Supper of the Lamb.
Thomas, a thinker rather than a doubter, asks how he’s going to get to this place. Jesus answers “through me”, or at least that’s what he means when he says, “I am the Way”. Emphasise the first word as you read it to yourself, and then add the truth and the life.
My Father’s house is big enough, and Jesus has booked our reservations through his death and resurrection.
How sure are you that Jesus is the one and only Way to Father God?
How does your life witness to the Truth of Jesus the Saviour?
How much of your life is modelled on that of Christ?
What else do you expect to do in heaven?!
Father God, I am not worthy to come to you except by Jesus. He has opened the door through his death on the cross, and in his resurrection offers me life. Guide me by your Holy Spirit to lead me into the Truth, and into my Father’s house. Amen.