“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that 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.”
When I was young, I didn’t like the Bible for two reasons: It was hard to understand, and what I understood scared me to death. Verses like John 14:4 frightened me. I understood the previous verses where Jesus spoke of His Father’s house (heaven) and that He would return for His disciples. But then Jesus said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” It upset me because I didn’t know the way. What was it that His disciples knew about the way to heaven that I didn’t know?
At that time in my life, I was unaware of how the Holy Spirit uses God’s word to reveal our sin condition to lead us to repentance. Before I could settle the heaven issue, the Holy Spirit had to prepare my heart.
Jesus told His disciples about the Advocate or Comforter (the Holy Spirit) that was to come. “When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8) To me, the concept of judgment was frightening, and I had become increasingly aware of my propensity for sin. Peace didn’t come until I discovered God’s remedy at Calvary where Christ paid the penalty for my sins.
After that, the Bible was no longer scary but an instruction manual for living. There is no greater resource. Consider these words from 2 Timothy 3:16: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” The Bible is inspired by God and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. It contains what God has to say about every aspect of your life; past, present, and future.
Since we know the Bible is God’s infallible word, and that God is completely trustworthy, then we can believe He will do what He promises.
So when Jesus says He has gone to heaven to prepare a place for you, and that He’s coming back to take you to be with Him, there is no reason to doubt Him. It’s a done deal — as long as you know the way to heaven.
What is the way to heaven? We have Thomas to thank for asking for clarification on that question. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5) That’s when Jesus imparted these famous words: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
So the way to heaven is Jesus. There is no other way.
In secular society’s push for inclusiveness and diversity this may be a hard pill to swallow, but there is only one way, one truth, and one hope for eternal life. We are not just one big happy all-religions family.
Does that mean we should not respect other religions? Absolutely not. We’re commanded to love everyone.
Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life — and the only way to the Father.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Face to Face Meeting with the Lord
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.