Red Letter Day 14: In My Father's House
2015 Lent Blog
Tuesday March 3
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
This is one of the, “I am,” passages of scripture. We started talking about these in yesterday’s blog. I thought of this today because a few days ago I read this passage to Julie Parker. Early this morning she experienced Jesus firsthand as the way, the truth, and the life, in her death. Jesus spoke this passage to prepare his disciples to face his death, and then in turn every time we face death. Death makes us feel helpless because there is nothing we can do to right this wrong. Death brings the feeling of separation and loneliness. In death, Jesus asks us to trust him and follow him because he is the one and only who has conquered death and he is the way.
I trust Jesus. He is preparing a place for us. In fact, in this passage, Jesus says one day he is going to come and take us to be with him. What I see in this promise is that we will one day be with Jesus in the place he has prepared for us. What I see today is Julie in the presence of Jesus. Her home is finished and she has arrived. The ultimate separation from God has been destroyed. He has taken away all of her pain, her tears, and her sorrow. Jesus keeps his promises.
In Christ’s Service,