Jesus the Way to the FatherThomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Jesus is talking to His disciples just as He does in all His teachings. He is explaining what is the reward of being His disciple on this earth and in heaven, and how to get there. He is not talking to church goers, pew sitters, He is talking to His disciples.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
This is salvation, and it will cost you your life. If you do not give up your entire life to follow Jesus, you have denied discipleship, and that means all that He spoke in His time on this earth was not written to you. Only those who are found doing the Will of the Father when Jesus returns will be called His disciples. In turn, the only ones who will be caught up in the air to meet Him, if they are not beheaded first.
Discipleship is not comfortable. It is not a fun and happy time. It is not being rich and living in the comfort of the flesh. It is not the love of the things of this world. Discipleship is giving up your whole life to win the lost, to fill up God's house in heaven, to be about the building of the kingdom of God.
Jesus did not have a house. He did not have a bed to sleep in. He was not about His family. Jesus was about the lost, the sinners. He was not about the church goer, He was not about the religious. He was about the demon possessed, the lame, the blind, the deaf, the dumb. Jesus was about the Father's business, 24/7/365. Jesus did not care who was comfortable and happy. He cared who had faith and believed in Him and followed His teachings and commands.