Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Sir Walter Scott, when dying, said to his son-in-law, “Lockhart, read to me.” Lockhart asked, “What book?” “Why do you ask? There is but one book, the Bible.” Scott then asked his son-in-law to read from John 14, the comfort chapter, the Psalm 23 of the New Testament. From its first words, John 14 speaks peace.
John 14:1-2 (Holman) “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.”
Jesus wanted the disciples to enjoy peace, to not dwell on things that would disturb them emotionally, especially regarding their everlasting destiny.
By calling Heaven “My Father’s House,” Jesus added to it a lovely, gentle touch. We often think of Heaven primarily as golden streets, beautiful buildings, pearly gates, etc. To Jesus it was home, the place lit by the light of Dad’s smile.
“My Father’s House” softened for us the blow of death. This phrase let our race for the first time in recorded history dare to think of death as a homecoming.
Death is no more an ending than a beginning; no more a leaving than a coming home. We will feel at home in Heaven, and be able to relax. Bad tempers, crabby dispositions, tensions, fears o