Jesus tells His disciples, “You know the way to where I am going.” But Thomas challenges this, saying, “How can we know the way?” (John 14: 4, 5)
Jesus then tells Thomas, “I Am the way, and the truth, and the life.” And He adds, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Thomas expresses his own consternation, “Lord, we do not know where You are going.” (John 14: 5)
To where is Jesus going? He is going to the garden to pray for release from His mission and to submit to that mission as it is the will of His Father. He is then going to court, to bear jeers and beatings. Then He is going to the Cross, to suffer a physical death at the hands of men. Ultimately He is going to the Father to prepare a place for Thomas, to prepare a place for each of us who believe.
Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, where are You going?” (John 13: 36) Jesus tells Peter that he is unable to follow now, but only later will be able to follow Him. Peter protests. Jesus tells Peter a truth too horrid for Peter to grasp — that Peter will deny his Lord three times before a rooster crows twice.
In the next breath, Jesus tells His friends not to be troubled. “Believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14: 1)
Jesus says that we know the way — He is the way. He tells us we cannot follow Him, that we will deny Him at some point. He implies we will repent, and that once we have, He will use us to strengthen others.
He tells us not to be troubled — to trust that He goes to prepare a place for us; and that He will return for us. He tells us that the path is not easy, but that the burden is nevertheless light.
“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I Am you may be also. And you know the way to where I Am going.” (John 14: 3 – 4)