Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”. What a statement. These are the words of Christ. This is part of the conversation in the upper room, with the Apostles, just before the crucifixion. Jesus told them he would be leaving them and returning to the place from which He had come. He told them He was going to prepare a place for them. They struggled with this and asked Jesus to explain it to them. In John 14 these words are recorded:
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 “And you know the way where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
There are three words Jesus uses for Himself, let’s take a look at those:
First, Jesus said I am the way. Way is the greek word hodos. It means a way, a road or a journey. Jesus was saying to all those who desire God, He is the way. This was amidst a culture of people who worshipped numerous God’s. This also was a direct statement to the nation of Israel. For they desired to live for the One True God. Jesus was telling them, I am the way, this is the path that you must take. You must follow my steps. All that is spoken of, all the requirements of old, everything that must be done is shown in Him. He came to fulfill these requirements of the Old Testament, and to satisfy the penalty for sin against God. The penalty being death, separation from God. He was establishing a new covenant with His believers. A lifelong journey, marked by following Jesus.
Second Jesus said I am the truth. Truth is the greek word aletheia. This truth is not the relative truth of today, where truth is subject to the individual. This truth is reality. This was opposed to illusion and was fact. There was so many choices of what to follow or who to follow. Jesus appealed directly to this saying I am the truth. The Old Testament spoke of me and I am here. I am leaving to go to the Father, but not to leave you. To prepare a place. As sure as I am standing here today, I will return. This was His way of showing them God’s promise was still at hand. Moses may not have stepped foot in the promise land, but that does not mean He was exempt from God’s promise? God’s promise is eternal. The disciples may have been losing the physical presence of Christ, but the promise was true, it was more than the physical.
Lastly Jesus said I am the life. Life is the greek word zoe. This life is not merely our physical being, but our soul, our inner man. The very essence of our being. God breathed life into man and Jesus said He is this life. Our life while we are present on earth and our life in eternity. This was said to His followers, just preceding His crucifixion. He was telling them, I am the way, the truth and the life. This moment that was approaching may have seemed to be one thing, but in fact was part of God’s divine plan to redeem His people. There is an event perhaps even more important than the death of Christ. It is the ressurection. Jesus showed the way as He went to the cross. The truth being He was innocent of sin, the begotten Son of God, and we are fallen creatures deserving of death. He took our penalty so that we may have life, and life eternal. He rose from the grave to show us, life. He had defeated death and lives.
There is one more word to look at. Through. What does this word mean? Are we to pass through Jesus physically? He said previously in John 10, “I am the door”. There is an idea in the greek for this word through. That is, it is on account of, by reason of, for the sake of, because of; In light of this I am statement, I am the door, Jesus is stating that it is on His account, by His reason, for His sake and because of Him. How much more clear can these words be? There is one way to the Father.
What do these words mean? How do they apply to our lives? Today we are bombarded by choices and ways to accomplish things. We have more truths than can possibly be real. And these things all promise life. A better and healthier life, a wealthier life. A life lived to the max, where we can have the most. Maximizing our physical existence. But what about when these days on earth end? What about our souls? What if our flesh is a shadow of our true existence, and our souls are eternal as the Bible says? We know that we all die. But what happens then? Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Consider this today: If this statement is true, which are in fact the very words of Christ, where are you going? Will you be with the Father in one of the many rooms prepared for us by Christ? Or will you perish to an existence separated from God, which the Bible calls hell?
Jesus, today is the day you have set before us. Your words were not vague, they were clear. We so often hear variations or opinions, but let us today consider your words. You are the way, the truth and the life. No one will come to the Father except through You. Lord your truth penetrate our hearts and our minds. Creating life within us and establishing the truth of your Word in us. That we may be aware of Your divine plan and purpose. Trusting you to be the way, lighting the path for our steps. The truth as we live day to day, with the expectancy and hope of seeing Your face. Forgive us for we have sinned against You. Thank you for Your mercy anew today. Let us live a life pleasing and acceptable to You. We desire to follow You today and to abide in You. In Jesus name, Amen.
God bless you,