The opening words of Jesus about the "Father's house" and "dwelling places" stand as the theme of the text. In the rest of the chapter, Jesus meditated on the images in that opening statement and he offered fresh ways of thinking about our dwelling with God and God's dwelling with us. This talk was all the more relevant since Jesus was about to leave his disciples. John 14 is part of Jesus' farewell discourse (13:31-17:26). These words were spoken at the table during Jesus' final night. He would rise from the table, cross the Kidron valley to the garden on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, and be arrested. When we see him no longer, where is he and what is he doing? After his death and resurrection, Jesus is not simply absent. He is in fact more fully present than ever before, as a powerful fact in the lives of his disciples. A person's dying words are often of great importance to those he leaves behind. Jesus is alone with his disciples and in these intimate, last moments, he opens his heart to them and reveals to them some things that, until now, he had not told them. After the declaration that there is room for all in his Father's house, Jesus makes a startling statement. He claims that he is the way that is truth and life (John 14:6). These words raise the mission of Jesus and his followers to a new level. It is Jesus, in person, who is the Way that leads truly to life. The Christian Community does not and can never replace this Way. The community can only offer different means to help the individual to follow Jesus, the Way. The Way is really unique for each person and all are walking on it in their own rhythm and according to their own understanding. The Christian Community, the church, has helped generations of disciples of Jesus to follow Jesus better. However, she does not pretend to be the end herself. The increase or decrease of members in a Christian community cannot be the sole aim of their activity, and neither can it always be the measure of their financial success or failure. In the end it is all God's work, done by and through Jesus.