“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” – John 14:5
In Part 1 of this series of devotions, you will remember that Jesus said, “I am the way…” and in doing so, upset a lot of people by His claim. In Part 2, we focused on Jesus’ claim to be the only way to heaven. Today, we see Thomas asked Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
Now, before you get too hard on Thomas, I think he believed that Jesus was the way to the Heavenly Father. He just didn’t understand exactly how he would get to heaven. That is the big question for all of us. How do we find the road to heaven?
Most people feel like they’re going to get to heaven if they are good enough, religious enough, or moral enough. They think at least one of those deeds will do the trick. Unfortunately, the Bible clearly says if we sin one time, we’re not qualified for heaven.
In other words, we would have to be perfect to get to heaven with good deeds. It should come as no surprise that none of us make it that way. So how can we be sure that we know the way to heaven?
Think about it this way: It’s 1970 (before the age of the GPS) and you’re going to New York City for the first time. You have a meeting in downtown Manhattan. So, you stop and ask somebody for directions and they say, “Just go down about 3 blocks where you’ll see a service station, turn left and go a few blocks, and you’ll see a 60-story building, turn right and go about 5 or 6 blocks, and you’ll come to an intersection…” Well, by that time, your mind is confused, and then you realize you are lost.
But what if that person said, “You haven’t been here before, have you? Come with me. I’ll take you there.” Now, you’ve got a big decision to make. “Can I trust this guy? Is he going to rob me? Is he going to lead me into trouble?” “Will he really lead me to where I need to go?” That’s the decision we have to make – whether or not we can trust in Jesus to get us to Heaven.
Obviously, the decision to trust Jesus is eternally more important than finding your way in Manhattan. Yet it’s a decision to believe He is trustworthy enough to follow Him with your life. Many of us have decided that Jesus is telling the truth and He is the way to heaven. So, what about you? Will you trust Him? That’s the big decision of life.
There’s more tomorrow in Part 4!