Summary: Jesus doesn’t merely show us the way; he is the way, the only way to our heavenly home.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God through which the Holy Spirit touches our hearts are the words he breathed into the Apostle Paul to write, recorded in Romans 5:
[Jesus said,] “Do not feel troubled. Believe in God and believe in Me. In My Father’s house there are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you home with Me so that you will be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me. (John 14:1-6 NET)
This is the the word of our Lord.
Dear friends of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Stories of lost pets traveling great distances to get home grab our attention from time to time. For example, Walt Disney in the movies The Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound tell how two dogs and a cat travel hundreds of miles through the mountains and forests to get home. That drive to get home takes them through many obstacles and dangers. They overcome hunger, rushing mountain streams, bears, and porcupines all to get home.
What makes their journey so incredible is that they had no path to follow. No one to tell them which way to go. No one to take them on the right way. Yet in the end they found the way.
Jesus’ words spoken the night he was betrayed teach you and me that we are much better off than those three pets. We don’t need to wander around aimlessly in the wilderness of life. We don’t need to face the dangers alone. We have one who does not merely show us the way; he is the Way. Jesus says, “I am the Way.”
Tonight as we walk with our Savior in his passion, we walk with the Way. That’s the theme tonight: Walk with the Way. He is Jesus Christ, your Savior. As we listen to the words he speaks to his disciples and us, we learn that 1) he, Jesus, is the Way home, that 2) he is the only Way home, and that 3) he is the only Way to our Father’s home.
1) Jesus is the Way home.
Those three pets had a strong desire to be home with their people. Human beings have a strong desire to be home as well. Our troops in the desert would rather be home with their families. We talk about “Home, sweet home,” and “There’s no place like home.” We want to be home for the holidays, just like the ones we use to know growing up at home.
We desire to be home, even though we know that our homes are not always as great as we imagine. There can be arguments, hurt feelings, disappointments.
Jesus talks about a home free of all those troubles. “In my Father’s house there are many rooms” (John 14:2 NET) or mansions, he says. He is speaking about heaven. In heaven “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4 NIV). “Never again will [we] hunger; never again will [we] thirst . . . God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:16, 17 NIV).