Maps. They guide us, offer direction if we choose to follow them, can keep us safe in the wilderness, help us find our way out of challenging situations, help us with height and depth, crooked and straight places. Fromthe ancient times and on into today, they have been created as a guide. Yet they also show boundaries and borders; identify countries, states, counties and cities. Particularly today, with all the places we need to go, our GPS navigation systems can also help if we don’t know the way.
So, this Sunday we’re examining maps. And we begin our Lenten series on the “I Am” statements of Jesus. We are not doing these statements in the order they are found in John’s gospel, but in an order that seems to flow more appropriately. This Sunday we’ll be exploring, pretty literally, Jesus stating, “I Am the way, the truth and the life.” This statement seems to do what maps are designed to do, point us in a direction, offer us, not just A way, but THE way. But the way to what, the truth of what, the life of….well you get the idea.
So as you prepare for Sunday, think about how maps have changed in our lifetimes. Think also of how often we utilize these direction finding devices, and maybe they have a message for us regarding what Jesus sought to do then, and what God is seeking to do now through us. To prepare please read John 14:6, but also take a look at that whole chapter.