Summary: To prove that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus is “The Way”
Text: John 14.1-6
Thesis: To prove that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.
1. The disciples were worried about where Jesus was going (John 13.36).
2. “They were troubled by the uncertainties which faced them, by the confusion they experienced regarding the cause with which they were associated and which now appeared to be taking a course which could not possibly enable them to realize their longings and expectations for a temporal reign of Messiah on an earthly throne in Jerusalem […]” (Woods 301).
3. “Yet on this night of nights, which of all times it would have been appropriate for Jesus’ followers to lend him emotional and spiritual support, he is still the one who gives, comforts, instructs” (Carson 487).
4. Three points will be noted in the text:
I. A promise is given by Jesus to His disciples (John 14.1-4).
A. This promise is given in order to encourage Jesus’ disciples to stay strong even in the face of great confusion (Calvin 2:80).
B. Christ is telling them to “set your heart at ease” and keep putting your trust in me as you do God (Tenney 143).
C. Why could they set their hearts at ease?
1. Christ was only going away to prepare a place for them (John 14.2).
a. “Jesus Christ is now preparing places for all true believers, and each place will be beautiful” (Wiersbe 350).
b. This is “for the disciples’ advantage” (Carson 488).
c. The beauty of Heaven is depicted in Revelation 21.
d. This place is prepared so that “they may permanently abide with God and enjoy Him for ever” (Tasker 164).
e. “The emphasis here is not only that there will be plenty of room for all the redeemed who are sons of light by faith but also that they will live there with the Father and with Christ” (Pack 2:57).
f. Most importantly, “It is sufficient for believers that we will be with our Lord” (Morris 568).
2. Christ is coming back to take them to Heaven (John 14.3).
a. Paul tells us that Christ will descend as we meet Him in the air to dwell forever in Heaven (1 Thess. 4.16-17).
b. “His return is as certain as his departure” (Tenney 143).
c. He will take us to the place made by His own hands; truly, all spiritual blessings are in Christ (Eph. 1.3).
II. A problem arises in the mind of Thomas (John 14.5).
A. True, the way is knowable, but when one takes the focus off of God and puts it on self or others, then one is lost.
1. Man cannot walk alone (Jer. 10.31).
2. Man’s paths will led to destruction (Prov. 14.22).
B. Confusion had come upon Thomas as he was trying to understand all these events by sight and not by faith (cf. 2 Cor. 5.7).
C. Therefore, by sight he did not know the way.
1. By sight Namaan thought he could do something else or wash in other rivers (cf. 2 Kings).
2. By sight Moses struck the rock (cf. Num. 20).
3. Yet, by faith […] (Heb. 11).
III. The path is revealed by Jesus (John 14.6).
A. “Thomas, I am the way, follow me.”
1. “Jesus is the way to God, precisely because he is the truth of God and the life of God” (Carson 491).