THE WAY AND WITHIN (JN 14, PS 31)
Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him." -John 14:6-7
Jesus continues teaching his disciples. In this passage, Jesus teaches how all can be with God the Father and have a place prepared for us in our Father’s house. Thomas is confused and asked how to know the way. This is where Jesus gives us the answer: He is the way, truth, and life. What we learn in this passage is that to know Jesus is to know the Father. The disciples struggled with this, and, personally, I am glad. Jesus explains clear as day that He and the Father are one. Sometimes we need things explained plainly, and Jesus does so. But what happens when Jesus leaves them?
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, who the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." - John 14:15-17
We will be sent another Helper, the Holy Spirit. And this helper dwells within us. God not only calls us to Himself through our repenting of our old ways and believing in Jesus Christ as Lord, but God also sends us the Holy Spirit. The reminder that the Holy Spirit is a Helper and dwells within me is just what I needed today. In this time of being mostly isolated physically from friends and the students on campus is difficult. It is lonely, and the adjustment to a new schedule has really been difficult. I needed to be reminded that, though I may feel alone, I am not. You might be feeling the same way. But we have the Holy Spirit in us and Jesus with us as we deal with the difficulties around us. This also gave me the desire to know Him even more deeply, now, as I feel lonely, I will read the Word of God and draw closer to Him. I hope this passage encourages many of you to do the same.