For people who are disconnected and distant from God, there is good news: Jesus offers a map back to God.
John 14 begins with Jesus teaching his followers about heaven …what it will be like. I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that heaven is a topic that comes up at every funeral I’ve attended. As much as we don’t like to talk about death, heaven is another matter.
Talk of heaven gives us a sense of hope.
For Christ-followers, we believe that hope comes through what Jesus did for us. It is Jesus who provides hope and offers reassurance. It’s founded in a belief that Jesus will come back for them.
All this talk of heaven prompts Thomas to ask this question …
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)
That is essentially the question of our day. All this spirituality business sounds good, but how can I find my way back to God?
Jesus doesn’t point us to the self help section at Borders; he points us to himself. He is the map back to God.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).
Some people think any old map will do — you just need a map. But just having a map isn’t enough. It takes the right map to find what you’re looking for.