The Pathway to Truth and Life
‘Thomas 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.’ John 14:5-6
In his community, a mountain stood in the way of safe and efficient travel. After his wife fell on the dangerous terrain, Dasrath Manjhi decided to build a path through the mountain. With simple tools he spent nearly twenty years building the road. The children used to walk eight kilometers to school, now it takes them three kilometers. The road is used by people from over sixty villages, and allows them to have safe and efficient travels. When the government would not care for the community, Manjhi showed compassion.
We see Manjhi’s earthly road that he built for the community, inspired by the love he had for his wife. Christ too had the desire to build a pathway for the community. The pathway He built is the path that leads to eternal life. Jesus tells us in John 10:9-10, “I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in, and go out, and find pasture. The thief only comes to steel, and kill, and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus is the pathway to the Father. We cannot get to Him, without Jesus. Christ is the truth of all we find in the Father. He is the life that we are blessed with, which comes from the Father. The thief attempts to steer us away from God, create stumbling blocks, and tries to make us fall and hurt ourselves. But Christ is the pathway that keeps us safe, and He brings us to the Father, giving us truth and life. So rather than hike on the dangerous terrain, may we step onto the pathway that keeps us safe, and gives us life.
Good Shepherd, we thank You for giving us the pathway that leads to truth and life in the Father. Thank You for showing us compassion, and for keeping us safe from the devil and dangerous terrain. Amen