“I am the way/hodos the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7 ISV
Jesus spoke those words just after the first Lord’s Supper and just prior to going to His crucifixion. His disciples’ hearts were troubled because He had told them He was going away to prepare a place for them.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If there weren’t, I wouldn’t have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you, would I? And since I’m going away to prepare a place for you, I’ll come back again and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am. You know where I am going, and you know the way/hodon.” John 14:1-4 ISV
The place Jesus prepared for the disciples and prepares for us is the spiritual Jerusalem where God dwells. When our body dies, God takes our soul and spirit to the Jerusalem that is above. At the regeneration the Jerusalem above comes down from heaven to the new heaven and new earth, God with us (Rev 21-22) and we in our resurrected bodies (Ro 8:11; Acts 23:60) will live there eternally.
Thomas asked him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way.” John 14:5 ISV
Jesus answered Thomas’ question by summing up the kingdomview. He is the only way of coming to our Father in heaven and living worthy of His calling.
Jesus told him, “I am the way/hodos the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will also know my Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7 ISV
Throughout his gospel, John reveals Jesus’ eternal life perspective, the kingdomview. Those words we just read from John 14 are the beginning of Jesus’ final words to His disciples. Jesus continues through chapters 15 and 16 and concludes His revelation of the kingdomview:
In the world you’ll have trouble, but be courageous—I’ve overcome the world! John 16:31-33 ISV
Peter was there. He reinforces Jesus’ Word with this word inspired from the Holy Spirit.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah from the dead, 4 to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, 5 who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved in various trials, 7 that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah— 8 whom, not having known, you love. In him, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, 9 receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently. They prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Messiah, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Messiah, and the glories that would follow them. 12 To them it was revealed, that they served not to themselves, but to you, in these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Yeshua the Messiah— as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”✡ If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear, knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish or spot, the blood of Messiah, who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in this last age for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God. 1 Peter 1:3-21 WMB