Hope

Written by Brandon Smith

Read: John 14:1-14

After a very depressing session of betrayal and death and ending. Jesus doesn’t end with that. He continues to talk about the future. He talks about how his disciples can join with him. He gives them something to look forward to.

Jesus himself will point the way. He doesn’t just say that this will happen, but that he will lead the way to this future. He doesn’t offer up some task or mission that his disciples must walk alone, but rather a journey set before them, being provided by himself.

This answers his divinity, his authority, his right that others may follow. Many are claiming him to be the coming messiah, but he solidifies it.

“I am the way the truth and the light.” Jesus is the only way. There isn’t another option. This is one of the hardest things for others to accept. Many wish this wasn’t the case. Many think that if they act good enough, or do enough good deeds, it wont matter. This is counter to what Jesus says here. He draws a line in the sand. He follows up with “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the father.” He highlights his divinity in this, telling the disciples something fantastic. No one has seen God before, but now through Jesus, they are able to see him. Being able to see God through Jesus is groundbreaking. The connection between God and His people is strengthened through Jesus.

God revealed to His people through Jesus, and His people have a way to him through Jesus. Jesus is the hope and reconciliation of God’s people to himself. God himself goes before the people to make a covenant with them, just like he did before. God initiates through and we have hope with the choice to respond to his calling.

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