Summary of passage: Jesus comforts his disciples by telling them he is leaving so he can prepare a place for them. He will come back and take them with him so that the can be where he is. Thomas (the first time he speaks in this Gospel) tells Jesus they don’t know the way. Jesus answers with another “I am” statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Philip, still not getting it, asks Jesus to show him the Father. Jesus wants to hit Philip over the head, but instead says if he’s seen him, he’s seen the Father and he should know that by now.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Jesus will come again and take us where he dwells in glory. This comforts those who are in pain or who have lost a loved one or who are lost. One day we’ll all be with the Father.
9) Part personal Question. My answer: Thomas is seeing this literally. He thinks Jesus is traveling on a journey, not ascending to heaven. We can’t be too hard on Thomas. Remember we know what happens; he doesn’t. And many are still in shock from Jesus saying he’s going to die. It’s easy to be critical of the disciples but remember the Holy Spirit hasn’t descended yet and Jesus is still among them. Who wants to believe Jesus is going away forever? As far as I know, I haven’t ignored or rejected any truth. It’s hard to ignore or reject a truth if you don’t see the truth, which for most of us, it’s hard to see our own faults.
10) Part personal Question. My answer: Jesus is the only way to God. He’s eternal life. He’s the truth you must believe. “The” means there’s only one way. It’s a definite article. An indefinite article (a or an) can refer to any way, truth, or life. It makes all the difference.
Conclusions: Well, it’s a good passage but all the questions are personal and once again we see a question asking what difference does it make in your life and I give my stock answer. See End Notes for analysis.
End Notes: The disciples had reason to be troubled. Jesus had just told them that one of them was a traitor, that all of them would deny Him, and that He would leave them that night. All of this would trouble anyone. Yet Jesus says don’t be troubled. We will have trouble and tribulation in our lives but we can have an untroubled heart. As they trusted in God so they must trust in him, Jesus, as well. This is a command he is giving the disciples.
Jesus’ point is there is room for all. House is better translated from the Greek as “dwelling places.”
Jesus goes out of his own accord out of love for us. Jesus coming back is both in the sense of visiting them after death, the Holy Spirit, and the Second Coming.
Thomas is honest and asks for clarity in what Jesus means like a son would a father when he doesn’t understand something.
Jesus’ 7th “I am” statement is verse 6. He announces he is the only way to God despite what other religions will have you believe. Why? Because he is God.
Fun Fact: In the the early church, Christianity was sometimes called “the Way” because of this passage.