Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Often we ask ourselves: what should we do? We all need to make decisions, we decide how to approach some task, how to solve some problem. But we also decide about basic things in our life, what education to pursue, for example.
Of course, there are more general questions. What to believe? How to approach life? What is my main goal? Who am I? What to feel? What to think? How to fill my free time?
The bible is full of the general questions. They are taken up, and they are discussed. It might be controversial, what to do, what to believe, what to think! Humans might come to different conclusions.
Let us look into one discussion, which Jesus had with his disciples, here led by Thomas. Thomas is one of those who really wants to know. He wants clarity and certainty. Here, he asks Jesus about the way to choose:
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14, 5-6)
Thomas asks for the way, and Jesus tells him that HE is the way. This is a very famous bible verse. It is very well known. And yet, do we understand it? What is our understanding? What is yours? Let us stay there for a moment: in what sense is Jesus the way?
The Way …
When you say “the journey is the reward”, that points to a process which is of value by itself. But is it that what Jesus says when he tells Thomas that he himself is the way?
Jesus points to the fact that he is God himself, that he is the son of God, who became human and lived with us. He points to his death and resurrection, in which we find the grace and mercy of God for our life.
He is the way means that he is the path through which we come to God.
But there is more in this. He is not only the path. In him we get to know God. He is the way, the truth and the life. By putting this into these three terms, Jesus interprets his own statement right away. He is the path in the sense that he is the goal already.
The combination of path and life points to this: in him there is life. When we “walk in him”, we walk with God and in God. We have reached the goal to be with God on our journey of life.
Jesus as a person plays a particular central role for all life. That is what he has claimed 2000 years ago, and since then people have discovered what Jesus can be for them. Come and join the club, come and see! (Roland Potthast) ... further texts