John 14:1-6 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And 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 where I go you know, and the way you know.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” NKJV
As Jesus was preparing His disciples for His death and departure they were perplexed and confused. Their thought processes up to that point had been that He was the Messiah and would establish an earthly kingdom and they would be part of the inner circle of the administration of that kingdom. Now He throws them a curve and they have some significant questions and were troubled in their hearts.
Jesus perceived this and spoke specifically to it to bring peace to their hearts and to ours as well. He turned their attention from the immediate and temporal to the eternal and heavenly. He spoke of “faith” and the “prepared future” that was in store for each of them. He reminded them of His trustworthiness and assured them that His departure was not a bad thing but a good thing because of what it meant for them and for us ETERNALLY!
Thomas, who represents more of us than we like to admit, was still troubled and had more questions. He addressed the reality that He did not know where Jesus was going because his mind was still locked into the temporal. Jesus answered him with one of the most powerful truths that have ever been spoken – “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Thomas, I am going to the Father and you too will come to the Father but to do that you have to gain access through Me. That access can only be gained if I “go away” speaking of the Cross.
It is only through the sacrifice that Jesus paid that we have access to the Father. Had it not been for Calvary we would still be in our sins, lost and undone without God or His Son. Had it not been for the satisfaction of Divine Justice through the sacrificial death of the Lamb of God none of us would have hope. But, because of His sacrifice, we can take His words and banish our “Troubled Hearts” forever!
In His Father’s House, there is a place waiting for each of us. I don’t care if it is a Mansion, a dwelling place, a room, a cottage, or a tent it is in the presence of God Almighty and that is good enough for me.
May God be with you as you go through your day!