Jesus had a heart-to-heart talk with His disciples before He died. He is mapping out the future for them, encouraging them to stay on course and giving them a little sneak peek of heaven. He says that there is plenty of room there; He is preparing a place for them, and, when everything is ready, Jesus will personally welcome them. Heaven is a real place, and there is an unmistakable way that leads there. Jesus is confident that His disciples know the way; His disciples on the other hand – not so much. Here is a snippet of the unfolding conversation between Jesus and His disciples (John 14:4-5):
Jesus: “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
Thomas: “No, we don’t know, Lord. We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
This is when Jesus utters His famous statement, which precisely answers the question at hand:
“I am the Way the Truth and the Life.”
How come that Jesus was so confident while His disciples apparently were not? Well, I think human nature has not changed very much, and still today truth can walk right in front of us while going completely unnoticed. The secret His followers were about to discover boils down to this:
- Jesus represents the road map to heaven.
- Getting acquainted with Jesus, we study this road map by exploring His way of life.
I believe Jesus’ way of life is basically love in action – no broken life goes unnoticed. Jesus loves indiscriminately, with total abandon, and no strings attached. By living His way we actually bring heaven down. We can have heaven on earth by just going about our business the way Jesus went about His. People were always on His agenda. People always came first. If we all think this way, we have heaven on earth. In a sense we have arrived. We’re already home!
“I’ve been lost in my own place, and I’m gettin’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?”
Songwriters: Henry Garza / Joey Garza / Ringo Garza