I was reading about John 14 the other day about how Jesus was going to the Father. Thomas didn’t know where Jesus was going or how He would get there, thus how can we follow?
Got me to thinking, I wonder, if I used the ubiquitous Google Maps, if Google knew the way to the Father. I typed in my address in Box A of the driving directions app, and “The Father” into Box B.
Amazingly enough, it had a suggested location for the Father. Apparently, and I did not know this, Google thinks The Father is in Mount Ulawun in Papua New Guinea, 7,861 miles from my house. I had no idea.
Jesus said He was going away to build a place for His people. He said they knew where and how to get there to follow Him. Thomas, who did not have Google Maps, had no idea Jesus meant Papua New Guinea.
“Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” Jesus, as He frequently does, answers with a more confusing statement. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
I doubt Thomas got it. We assume we do, but listen to the answer–Jesus is going to the Father by way of Himself. We use this verse to refer to salvation, the way to get saved is through Christ, which is true.
But I wonder if we stop short on this one. The way to the Father is not following a map, not following step by step driving directions, it’s by being in Christ. No longer I but Christ. And as John 3 says, he who is born of the Spirit knows not where he came from or where he is going.
There is depth here. Much more than the usual treatment gives.