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Journey done. Home at last.
The picture of sheep and shepherd is one of wandering from place to place, from pasture to pasture, from watering hole to watering hole. It is a picture of dangers and difficulties from which the shepherd guards his flock. It is the life of a pilgrim—exactly what believers are in this world.
But now it is time to go home.
And the Shepherd knows the way. He’s been there. Everything is prepared.
Jesus told His disciples “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you with me that you also may be where I am” (John14:1-3).
Thomas was confused at Jesus’ words. We might wonder what the confusion was since he had walked with Jesus for more than three years and should have figured things out by then. But, hey, we’re not so bright either—sometimes the obvious escapes us too. So Thomas asked Jesus to put the directions into his internal GPS.
“Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way” (14:5).
Follow the Shepherd, Thomas, just follow the Shepherd.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'” (14:6).
Smart sheep follow their shepherd. It’s not only the safest way home, it’s the ONLY way home.
Wherever the Shepherd is, there is home. Someday it will be that “forever home” but for now the same conditions apply—home is where He is.
Trust Him. Follow Him. You won’t get lost. You won’t be disappointed. You will get home.