14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. (John 8:14 NRSV)
Jesus knew where he came from and where he was going. Can any of us say that?
Ex-Beatle George Harrison in an interview once said “no one knows what happens to us after we die. That is the most important question for us to answer. Everything else is secondary.”
Jesus existed before the farthest point back in time we can imagine in a place we call Heaven. None of us knows what that is like. And no one yet has been able to give us a full account of what happens to us after we die. We’ve heard stories of going to a light at the end of a long tunnel of sorts. Some have mentioned having an awareness of many more things. Others have talked about seeing beautiful scenes. But it’s all sort of murky what the after-life is going to be like.
We are here right now. And sometimes we may wonder “where did we come from? Where are we going?”
One day this same Jesus told his followers “I am going to prepare a place for you.” He seemed to have so much more awareness of that big picture.
Thomas was one of Jesus’ apostles and when he heard Jesus talking this way, flatly admitted “we don’t know where you’re going so how can we know the way.” And Jesus answered “I am the way, the truth.” (John 14:5-7)
Many years ago, I decided I would hitch my wagon to Jesus and follow Him because He seemed to know the way to a safe, beautiful, permanent place where I wanted to be after I die.
Have you thought about this ultimate question? Where have you come from and where are you going? I can’t tell you exactly how and why I came to my decision, but if you’re interested, I would certainly be happy to share what I know.