Some words prepared for a memorial service tomorrow.
Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
This is the blessing.
Life is sometimes called a journey. Thomas, like any man on a journey, is looking for a map.
"How can we know the way to the place God is creating for each of us?" Is his question.
And in one sentence, Jesus sets everything in place.
He moves away from maps to relationship.
“I am the way” he says.
It’s not in a map but in a relationship that we find our way.
The way to the places created by the Father for our eternity.
Safe, blessed places in our Fathers home. Heaven.
They are accessible not with a map, but with a friendship.
The beauty of all our lives is that we are still alive and we have the knowledge that one day we won't be alive any longer. There is a clear sense for all of us if we are willing to face it, that things will come to a conclusion. We will all die.
This knowledge is a great gift from God, because it means that we have the opportunity to think about our future. We have time to consider our journey, our map, our chosen road.
Because we are still on this side of death, we have opportunity to consider the great truths of life, and the relationships we enjoy.
It’s good at times like this to consider our relationship with God.
It’s not a map we need, but a friendship, with Jesus.