How Dost Thou Love?

In the fourteenth chapter of John's Gospel, that marvelous chapter which reveals the Christliness of Jesus, we have a well-defined lesson in the practical way of loving. For months, perhaps, many of the disciples had been closely associated with Jesus; they had seen the truth lived and demonstrated by him; they had heard his wonderful lessons; but when, as it would seem, they should have glimpsed the import of his teachings, we find Thomas, in response to the declaration of Jesus, "I go to prepare a place for you. ... And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know," voicing this query: "Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?"

There is much for us in the answer Jesus gave to Thomas. There was no impatience shown at the materiality which was attempting to blind the vision of the disciples; there was no evidence of discouragement because he had labored so long and so faithfully and the results seemed so small; there was no vexation that the disciples had been so long in coming to an understanding of the truth. But with patience, with sympathy for their blind beliefs, with love so great that he saw them only as the Father saw them, he answered with this great truth: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

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