The Way, the Truth, and the Life

May 21st, 2012

John 14:1-14
I am not sure what it is like in most minivans, but in mine, my children prefer to spend their travel time electronically, often with their Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is a portable, dual-screen gaming system, mostly geared for children. The designers at Toyota want to use this entertainment device to help save lives and lower anxiety on trips.

The new Smart Navi GPS units, an option for new Toyota minivans, will give passengers the option to manage the in-dash navigation system with a Nintendo DS. The option, which includes a Bluetooth-enabled game cartridge, will add about $2,700 to the sticker price. The selling points are that it allows someone else (preferably not a 5-year-old) to type in the address and read the map or the directions list. Of course, this would free the driver to keep his or her attention on the road. It also includes trivia and other games based on the minivan’s location.

When Thomas declared, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (verse 5), it is clear that he needed direction. However, Jesus did not point to a device or a gadget to give his followers directions. He declared that he and he alone is the way, the truth, and the life. Essentially, Jesus was saying that it does not matter how you try to get there on your own, it cannot happen. Jesus is the only way. We need to trust Jesus with all that we have because he is––and needs to be––all that we have.

  1. Do you use a GPS? If not, why not? What do you think of them? Would you choose this option for your vehicle?
  2. Who’s in charge of directions when you travel? Is travel stressful for your family?
  3. How do you know if you are following Jesus’ directions? What does progress look like in the life of a disciple?

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