Google only gets you ‘almost,’ but Jesus knows the true way
By: Pastor Mark Holmes, Superior Telegram
I am a fan of Google Maps. The other day, on a whim, I typed in my destination as “Heaven.” To my surprise, it actually gave me directions to Galena, Ill., to a store called, “Almost Heaven Rentals.”
Nothing against Galena, Ill., I am sure it is a very nice town, but I was hoping for something a little more out of this world.
Like Google, many religions have developed ways to obtain heaven. But the problem with even the best of our human directions is one ends up earthbound at an almost heavenly place. But I do not want to arrive at an “almost” place, I want the real deal, and that (the last I have read) is not anywhere near Illinois.
This is the situation of Jesus’ Disciples the night of the Last Supper. Jesus shared about his imminent death, reassuring His followers that His going away was to their benefit, because He would prepare a place for them, so they could come live with Him forever.
It was Thomas that expressed our confusion the best: “We do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus’ answer is the direction that neither Google nor any manmade religion can ever provide, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.”
Don’t be misled by manmade, earthly, directions to an “almost Heaven.”
Follow Jesus “who is the way.” He will get you there safely.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.