Day 26

Jesus Brings Us Home

from the Because He Lives reading plan

John 14:1-6, Hebrews 11:1-2, Hebrews 11:13-16, Revelation 21:1-8, Revelation 21:22-27, Revelation 22:1-5, Revelation 22:20

BY Andrea Lucado

Nothing reveals my inner control freak like letting a friend take over the GPS while I drive. Accustomed to seeing each upcoming turn on Google maps, I assault my passenger-navigator with questions: When is my next turn? How much longer on this road? How many miles until we’re there? I’m sure my gracious navigator wishes I would shut up and drive, trusting that we are on the right road, and she will get us to our destination safely.

Thomas is a bit like an angsty driver in today’s passage. Jesus holds the GPS: “I am going away to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). But Thomas needs more details, a specific address: “‘Lord,’ Thomas said, ‘we don’t know where you’re going. How can we know the way?’” (v.5).

Jesus’s answer to Thomas was simply, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6, emphasis added). He did not provide Thomas with a specific address, but Jesus did point to the road that would get him there.

This is a reassuring promise to a control freak like me, and it’s as much a promise for the life to come as it is for our lives today. So often I feel like I need to know my exact destination and then figure out how to get there. Where is my career headed? How do I mend this broken friendship? Where will I live when my lease is up? Jesus may not provide specific answers, but He has asked us to believe and trust in the way He’s paved for us.

Where is my career headed?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

How do I mend this broken friendship?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Where will I live when my lease is up?
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

Want to know where your life is headed? Follow the way of Jesus. Live life in the way He told us to live it. Believe in God, believe also in Christ, and you will get to where you’re supposed to go.

Living in the way of Jesus is counterintuitive for those of us who like to both drive and hold the GPS. It requires surrender. It requires us to trust our navigator. When we do this, however hard it may be, we’re able to be present on the journey without worrying about the destination.

Though we cannot point to it on a map, ultimately, we know where are headed. Perhaps we don’t know how long it will take us to get there, but one thing we know for sure: Christ our Lord has prepared a place for us there, and He is coming back to receive us to Himself (v.3). For that promise, let us say, Praise be to God!

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34 thoughts on "Jesus Brings Us Home"

  1. Malin A says:

    ”And you know the way to where I am going.” We don’t know the final destination, but we know The Way who will bring us there!

  2. Ana Love says:

    I’ve read these verses before (grew up in the church) but much like all God’s word every time I read it God points out something different. Today it was “the life”. I am the way the truth and the life is not a new phrase but words “the life” stuck out to me.

    No only is He the way to receive everlasting life he is the way to live. Thank you Jesus for your continual grace as I stumble through life hoping it looks even an ounce like yours.

  3. Steph C says:

    Home is where Jesus is. I may not understand His plan or my path. He doesn’t ask me to do so. All He desires is for me to follow Him. Follow if the path is dark or light. Straight or twisted. Easy or hard. Whatever my path looks like, it will lead me home if I am following Him.

  4. Brenna Ellis says:

    Good definitely read my thoughts today, and pointed me in the direction of reading today’s message. My husband is being deployed next month and I feel like it’s coming up so fast, I wish time would slow down. But today God reminded me he’s in control, and has my worries taken care of. Revelations 21:4 is my favorite verse, and hei knew I needed to hear it today.

  5. Carrie Elaine says:

    So often we look to, and talk to others to seek guidance on what’s happening in our lives. In doing so we miss out on the path, and the blessing that God has for us. Jesus is the way, the truth, and life. Ultimately it is HIS will, and HIS way…our faith. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives, we just need to surrender, and let Him hold the GPS. ❤️
    Needed this today. Praying that the Holy Spirit will help me to be still, and let Him work.

  6. J C says:

    “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

    Oh how i struggle so often with this. I like to drive… to know where i am going… to be in CONTROL. But Jesus asks us to trust him and follow him knowing he will bring us to where we need to be at just the right time.

    God, help me to rely more on you and not on myself. You are perfect in all your ways… i want to follow your lead knowing you are working it all out for me.

  7. Ashley Thomas says:

    I have never been good with directions… I need them to any new place I might be going, no matter how close or far sway.

    1. Ashley Thomas says:

      Oops! Didn’t get to finish typing. So, I’ve always lacked a sense of direction when it comes to navigating… that’s not one of my gifts. Over the years, I’ve really struggled with letting go of control over my own life, and giving it to God. I’ve been reading the SRT studies daily for about 2.5 years now, and they have really made a difference in my life. I am able to pray more about doing God’s will than my own. I feel I’ve been more obedient to Him instead of myself. That’s not to say I have no control issues- they’re definitely still there, but I now I have grown in this area.

  8. Brenna Page says:

    Several times a day I remind myself I cannot do this day without Jesus. He plan has already been laid out and all I have to do is trust him.

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