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Remember that the way leading from you to God’s kingdom cannot be measured in feet and inches. It is a way of the mind and heart. When Jesus explained the spiritual nature of “the way” to His disciples He told them that He was going to the Father to prepare a place for them so that they could be where He was, and He also said that they already knew where He was going and the way that He would travel. But Thomas, the doubter, protested that they did not know where He was going, nor did they know the way He would travel, and he asked Him to show them the way. Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus then told them that if they really knew Him they also knew the Father. Philip said, “Show us the Father.” Jesus answered: “Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.”
I believe that Jesus was trying to tell His disciples that the incarnated Christ dwelling in Him was one with the Father, and that the Christ was the only way to the Father. By believing in the Christ within they would be able to find the Father. The place that He was preparing for them was not a material one but a state of consciousness. When they abode in this consciousness they would be able to understand the perfection of the Christ in themselves.
Jesus did not mean that He was going on a long journey to reach the Father’s kingdom, where He would build mansions for the disciples. There is no doubt that Jesus often went to the Father within Himself and established connections of right understanding for the benefit of those who wished to follow Him.
At another time Jesus promised His disciples that He would always be with them. He said, “Lo, I am with you always.” When He told them He would go away He also promised that He would return. He said that when He would no longer dwell in the visible body of Jesus He would send the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, into their mind to guide them into all truth. But this did not mean that He would be separated from them in spirit, only in body. He was and is eternally one with God, and the Holy Spirit is one with God.
The Holy Spirit is that phase of God-Mind which instructs the individual disciple. As our hands, feet, and head are parts of one body, so are Christ and the Holy Spirit parts of the spiritual body of God. They have different functions to perform, as do the different parts of the human body. We walk on our feet, work with our hands, and think with our brain.
Speaking of the Christ in Him, Jesus reminded His hearers that He had been created before Abraham. He said, “Before Abraham was born, I am.” Therefore Christ existed long before the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Christ was with the Father in the beginning, and He is with Him now. He is also with everyone who believes in Him. Belief in the ever-present Christ living within himself will reveal the Father to anyone.
Jesus knew that it was the Father in Him who was doing the mighty works, and He had absolute faith in Christ, who was in the Father. He wanted His disciples to understand that Christ was always with them and that He would forever be with all who believe.
“God is no respecter of persons.” Everyone can find Him through the Christ within himself.
“There was the true light, even the light, which lighteth every man, coming into the world.” Christ is this light.
The way to God’s kingdom is built upon our faith, understanding, and love. It is not a way to be traveled as men travel a highway; it is a way to the Father through the Son, who is the perfect idea of man in God’s mind. He is therefore created in the image and likeness of the Father. When we believe in the Son of God within us we shall be able to know the Father.
Jesus was the first man to awaken from the sleep of Adam’s disobedience and express Christ perfection in His body. Jesus Christ expects His followers to do the same, for He said, “Follow me.” Christ is with us always in spirit and in truth when we believe in Him and follow Him as “the Way.” When we say, “I am the way,” we are saying that the Christ in us is the way, for Christ’s name is I am. He is the true Being, who expresses the life, love, wisdom, and power of the Father through us.
Long years before the time of Jesus Jehovah God spoke to Moses in the wilderness, giving His name as I am. It was the Son of God who spoke to Moses.
Through his Christ Spirit every man can become one with his brothers and with God. When he does this all wars will cease and all crying, sadness, poverty, and disease will vanish out of the world.
SUGGESTIONS FOR DAILY MEDITATION
SUNDAY: The Spirit of Christ in me reveals the Father to me.
MONDAY: The love of the Father working through the Son has built a mansion for me in the kingdom of heaven that I may enjoy every day.
TUESDAY: A dwelling place in the consciousness of God’s love, power, and peace is here, and in it I relax and commune with the Father.
WEDNESDAY: Christ is here helping me to understand the love of the Father.
THURSDAY: I am not alone, for God’s love surrounds me and fills me.
FRIDAY: The Holy Spirit of God reveals the Christ way to me.
SATURDAY: I invite the true light of Christ to shine freely through me that I may glorify the Father.