If you knew exactly the time you will die, leaving your beloved family behind, what would you say? What would you leave unsaid? Will your extreme love for them guide your words and actions? Will your words be about funeral arrangements or about your love for them. Will the words be of better days ahead in heaven or about how to carry on the business of what you are leaving behind? It all depends on Who you follow on The Road to Truth and Life forever. It depends on Who guides your life now.
Jesus has a few hours before he will be taken from his beloved followers. His last words are words we still cherish as believing followers now. Think about these “last words” and hold them dear to our hearts today.
Jesus said (and says because He is alive now and coming back);
“I’m getting a room ready for you.”
“I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life.” (“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” as we memorized in translations we read as youth.)
“No one gets to the Father apart from me.”
“If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”
“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me.”
“From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”
In these last words, we understand that Jesus is with us in all we are invited to be and do in His work to help others find, know, believe, and follow Jesus, too. Trust Him.
John 14:1-14, The Message
1-4 “Don’t let this rattle you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”
5 Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?”
6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!”
8 Philip said, “Master, show us the Father; then we’ll be content.”
9-10 “You’ve been with me all this time, Philip, and you still don’t understand? To see me is to see the Father. So how can you ask, ‘Where is the Father?’ Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.
11-14 “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
I needed these exact words today. Your promises to your disciples hold true for us in challenging times in life on earth. YOU ARE the Way, (the Road) to Truth and Life! You are with us every moment of every day. I will trust you. All day long, I will trust you. Lead me on the right Road and I will follow.
In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen. I believe.