Jesus has a heart-to-heart talk with His disciples on the evening before His death. 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 up 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 The Living Bible):
(Jesus said) “And you know where I am going and how to get there.”
“No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “We haven’t any 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 (John 14:6):
“I am the way and the truth and the life.”
How come that Jesus was so confident while His disciples apparently were not? Despite all our discoveries and advancements, human nature has not changed very much; still today, truth can walk right in front of us while going completely unnoticed.
God is mysterious. The key to unlocking the mystery is finding out who Jesus is. Jesus is more than an inspirational preacher. He represents our road-map to heaven. We study this road-map by getting acquainted with Jesus and looking at His way of life. His way of life is basically love in action – no broken life goes unnoticed. Jesus loves indiscriminately, with total abandon, and no strings attached.
We live in God’s kingdom in the here and now when we go about our business with Jesus on our side. Living His way brings heaven down. In a sense we have arrived and are already home.