“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1 – 4)
I was thinking about these verses, and Jesus apparent assumption that the disciples knew where Jesus was going. I think Jesus as Divine knew that they were not sure, but . . . . it was a teachable moment. And that got me to thinking about teaching in general, and I peeked at the next verse, and my wondered & digressed to . . .
Sweeping the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?
Come and play
Family, neighbors, friends
That’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street?”
“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (Verses 5 – 7)
Beloved reader, listen closely to those lyrics from a show that at the outset has been devoted to helping children (of all ages) learn about letters, numbers, and life. There were a lot of life lessons taught there, starting in 1969. (Yes, 1969!) Now, Sesame Street was not heaven. And while the creators and actors were full of good intentions, not everything worked the way it was envisioned. However, there was care for the young and innocent. Gentleness and nurture throughout the show. The opening credits of the show featured children coming from all over to Sesame Street knowing it was a safe place. They just knew it was a place for them! But, I am digressing again.
My point is, and perhaps Jesus’ point as well, if you fix your sight on Jesus the Christ & the Lord God, and follow the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Presence – you will find your way to heaven. Sunny days sweeping all of our cares away? Yes, that is heaven. Sweet air? Yes, that is heaven. Eternal rest from earthly life’s labors? Yes, that is heaven. Reunion with loved family and friends? Yes, that is heaven.
“Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.” (Verses 8 – 11)
Jesus said, “Allow the little children to come to me.” And they did! They knew a safe person when they saw him! It is as we age and think we have attended wisdom and maturity that we are most often setting ourselves apart from the Divine. We are children of God, beloved reader, no matter our age. If we would just allow ourselves and open ourselves to the Divine we would know where to go, and how to get there!
“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” (Verses 12 – 14)
Now . . . . . before you assume (but I am sure you are not/will not) you can truly ask for anything and it will be granted, remember that the Divine is pure and holy and is NOT like a magic genie. Of course you do not think and believe that! The disciples understood, if not at that time but eventually, that Jesus was talking “miracles” that nurtured and restored people, and that spread the gospel and brought glory to the Divine. These are the type of “works” that Jesus did, and the “greater works” that his followers would do.
Do you do these type of “works” beloved reader? Do you understand and believe that Jesus was in the “Father” and that the “Father” was in Jesus? That is, the Divine that sent Jesus was also the Divine that was in Jesus, and Jesus in the Divine? Do you know how to get to heaven, and believe that heaven has been prepared for humanity? Finally, is your heart and soul calm and at peace, resting securely in belief & knowledge of the Divine?
May your faith, beloved reader, be like that of a child who knows the way to blessings untold! Selah!