John 13:36-14:6 (NIV)

36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!                            

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.                            

John 14:6 (NIV)

6 Jesus answered, “I am1 the way2 and the truth3 and the life.4 No one comes to the Father except through me.5                            

DEVOTION -M. Thomas Thangaraj (Massachusetts)

Once I asked a young man for directions to a place in an unfamiliar city.  Instead of giving me directions, he offered to go with me.  He not only showed the way; he became the way!  I just had to follow him.  Thomas asked Jesus, “how can we know the way?”  Rather than giving directions, Jesus answered, “I am the Way.”  He became the way, and Thomas simply had to follow him.

What does it mean to accept Jesus as my way to follow him?  In John 13:36 Simon Peter asked Jesus,  “Lord, where are you going?”  The conversation that followed clearly points to how Jesus actually talking about the way of the cross – the offering of his life in self-sacrificial love.  It is the way of laying down one’s friends.  (See John 15:13.)  When Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me,” he was talking about how one comes to God.  Jesus was teaching us that there is no way to reach the heart of God, except through self-sacrificial and unconditional love.

Early Christians were known as those who belonged to the Way.  (See Acts 9:2.)  If Jesus is our Way, then we will walk with Jesus today and love our neighbors with an unconditional and self-sacrificial love.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus shows us the way.

PRAYER: Loving God, give us hearts to love you and to love others unconditionally.  Amen.