The Way, The Truth, and the Life

This week we are dwelling in the Word and exploring the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus. Today’s reading is John 14:1-14, where Jesus tells his disciples that he is the way, the truth, and the life.

At this point in the Gospel of John, Jesus knows that his time on earth is coming to an end. He is spending a few last moments with his disciples, sharing his final words with them before he goes to the cross. Jesus promises his disciples he will go to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house, but they are confused about what he’s really talking about.

Jesus wants them to know that he is the one and only way to our Heavenly Father, the ultimate truth in a world full of contradictory ideas and opinions, and the one and only source of life to the full.

Jesus is making a bold claim in this passage—that no one can come to the Father except through him. This goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve were cast out of God’s presence after committing humanity’s first sin. The consequence of our rebellion is guilt and separation, but Jesus’ death washes both of those away. His blood purifies us from our sin, and his death reconciled us back to God.

Only Jesus has the power to reverse the curse of sin and death, which is why he declares that no one is able to come to the Father without a relationship with Jesus.

Jesus wants us to experience life to the full, and that means following Jesus as our way, embracing him as our truth, and trusting him with our lives.