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Truth for Troubled Times

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

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We ended last week with Jesus' statement, "And you know the way to where I am going." His statement is within the context of times when trouble strikes. We live in a fallen and broken world. There is evil all around us. In John 14, Jesus talks us through what will hold us together when it feels like things are falling apart. We ended with the question, "Do you know the way to where Jesus is going?"

That's where we're going to pick things up today. What were your thoughts on that question?

Jesus says, and you know the way to where I am going.

Thomas then says, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" Thinking ahead, some of you probably remember when Thomas had doubts about the claim from other disciples that they had seen the Risen Christ. He's been kind of smeared with the title Doubting Thomas. But the question he asks Jesus here isn't unreasonable or misguided. I find it a logical question. "Lord, we don't know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

Put yourself in the place of the disciples. Jesus is preparing something big for them. It's going to be big. Really big. It's the promise of something so big, all your troubles will pale in comparison.

Imagine for a moment you get an invitation to the greatest dinner party ever. It is a globetrotting feast lasting days. You'll be flown to Hawaii for appetizers. Fresh fruits, marinated meats, glazed pork and pineapple buns, and, of course, grilled fruit kabobs. What's an appetizer course without some kind of kabob, right? Then it's off to Texas for some of the best barbeque around. Finally, the dessert leg of the trip takes you to Chicago for some decadent Eli's Cheesecake. Then it's back to Michigan for late night Cherry Republic snack mix. Sounds great, right? All expenses paid. It costs you nothing. Then at the bottom of the invitation it says, "You know where we are going to meet. See you there." Wait, what? I don't know where we are going to meet. This is the first time I've ever heard of, let alone received, such an offer. So, you'd probably answer back, "Where are we meeting? I want to be there."