The journey, the promise, the destination


Readings for May 10, 2020

Acts 6:1-7
Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

Jesus uses intentional language when he says, “I am” several times in the course of the verses in John 14. “I Am,” of course, is a clear cut reference to his divinity, as this is what God called Himself to Moses. Yet the Apostles ask him to be more clear on where he’s going and how they should follow him.

So, for his final “I Am” statement, Jesus tells them, I Am the journey (the way), the promise (the truth), and the destination (the life). 

This is not any more specific, but like God’s interaction with Moses, it is a call to trust.  Jesus’ works on earth fulfill the promises of the prophets. If we trust him and stay with him on this journey, even when we can’t see or understand the path, we will obtain the promise of eternal life. 

But this is a difficult journey, as the Apostles found out after they entered Jerusalem, and some will shy away because of that. But, in faith, through Jesus, we get to the Father in heaven. We become “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” and we are called “out of darkness into his wonderful light,”

This is God. This is He Who we want to reach at the end of the journey. So we follow Jesus, even if the path isn’t clear. The prophets taught in truth and Jesus fulfilled the promise. All we need to do is say, “Here I am Lord, I have come to do your will.”

Jesus, the life you call us to on earth will lead us to God in heaven. But it is a hard life. Thank you for leaving us the Holy Spirit to help us know that the way is through you. Help us persevere in faith. Amen

One thought on “The journey, the promise, the destination

  1. Tim, this statement, so often quoted and shared really does “say it all”.

    So, for his final “I Am” statement, Jesus tells them, I Am the journey (the way), the promise (the truth), and the destination (the life).

    Sadly so very many miss the singularity of the speakers intent.

    Stay safe my friend,

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