John 14:1-6 – “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 “And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” NASU
Jesus had just informed His disciples of His impending crucifixion. They had incredible difficulty with that reality for it did not fit their natural understanding of what He was doing or they though He came to do. They also developed a sense of loneliness at the thought that He would leave them to face the hostile world alone. Here in this passage, He gives them and us a powerful word, which if we receive will break every shackle of doubt and fear from our lives. We will have a peace and confidence in the midst of difficulty like we have never experienced previously.
He said, DON’T WORRY or FRET. I paraphrased that a bit but the idea is the same. He told them about a place they had never been and provided a word of Hope to break the chains of doubt. His instructions were rooted in Faith, which must be our beginning point in everything Spiritual for without faith it is impossible to please God. Without faith, it is impossible to know God or trust God. The comfort of Jesus for them and us, was “There is Room for you in heaven.” God’s Heaven is not a small place with limited space but vast and the promise of Jesus was that He was going there to prepare a place for us. There is a mansion, room, chamber or whatever it is with our name on it. He has already paid the building costs and paid the rent for eternity for us. All we have to do is complete the journey walking in obedience to Him. He gave an additional promise of comfort saying, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself.” He is Coming Back for us! Hallelujah!
When Thomas questioned, Jesus gave the clear pathway to that Promise. He said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jesus is the Door. Jesus is the Hope of Salvation. Jesus is our Substitute. Jesus paid the debt for our sin and opened the door to salvation for all who will call upon His name. The only question is, “Do we believe it?” If we do, then let’s call upon His name in repentance and receive His mercy. If we do, then let’s allow the courage and comfort that promise provides to embolden us so that we dare to dream beyond our abilities and dare to venture into uncharted waters, getting out of the boat and walking on the water.
God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!