A Thought for the week
Week of February 25
 
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:5-6
 
We like maps when we travel. We can see where we start and where we finish. We know the turns, the ups and downs, and all the pit stops along the way. In this time of the church, we seek a map. A clear way to get beyond our current reality that we are in. A way that gets us back to what we knew and grew up with. We long to get back on the predictable map of the Christian life.
 
In a way, Thomas’ question asks for this knowledge. Jesus just said he is going to go ahead of the disciples to the Father and said you will know the way. Thomas wants something more. A clear road map. A clear teaching of Jesus to be with Father. But Jesus gives something different, He gives a way of life. Jesus portrays himself as the way. Not a list of things to follow or a 7 step program to get to the Father; just himself.

The way of Jesus is powerful but scary. It is an adventure of exploration of how following the way of Jesus gets us to the Father in a world that has changed dramatically from what we are used to. It is not straightforward, and it is not easy. It is trying out spiritual practices, missional opportunities in the community, building relationships with neighbors, praying, and other things that we still have yet to learn and discover. In this journey of discipleship, we have direction: The Way of Jesus. How we follow the way is a lifelong journey that is different for each of us and as a church as a whole. This can feel daunting but do not lose hope for we have Jesus as our guide. Following Jesus in our life is our aim even when we are discovering the new road that we are on.