Jesus prepares a place for us, is the (only) Way, and calls us to bold prayer (Growing Deeper with John 14:1-14)

This teaching by Jesus includes comfort, controversy, and a call.

First, he tells his disciples that he goes ahead to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. This is often read at funerals. It was comforting for them then, and for us now.

Second, he says that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that “No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is a great assurance, but also politically incorrect in a world which increasingly rejects anything that sounds “exclusive.” But is it true? When I was just starting out on my journey of faith, this was a big question for me personally. If Jesus was just one option among many legitimate and equal options, then why bother?

Third, he tells his disciples that if they ask anything in his name (in prayer), he will give it to them. Is that a blank slate? Clearly not. So what, then, did he mean?

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—and in-depth look at John 14:1-14.

I take us through this text and provide some of the necessary background information. I do my best to explain Jesus’ meaning and encourage us forward in love, humility and confidence.


The sermon connected to this same section of text is called “Exclusive Inclusion: Is Jesus the only Way?” and can be accessed here.

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