“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'” – John 14:6

Jesus make three distinctly bold claims in this verse.  He claims to be the way, the truth and the life.  Take notice that He did not say “a” way, “a” truth, or “a” life.  That would imply that there are other roads that lead to God.  But the Messiah unapologetically states that He is the only way that one can come into communion with God.  This is consistent with all seven of the “I am” statements that Jesus made in the book of John.

Thomas had just asked Jesus how the disciples would know the way.  Jesus replied that He is the only way in that His path is the only one that leads to salvation.  Matthew 7:14 tells us that the small gate and narrow way are the only ones that lead to salvation.  Not only is He the only way to salvation, but He is also the one mediator between man and God (I Timothy 2:5).  He also told the people that they believe in God, then they must also believe in HIm (John 14:1).  And without the shedding of the blood of the Messiah, we can have no forgiveness for sin (Hebrews 9:22).  Truly, He is the way.

In John 18:38, Pontius Pilate asked a poignant question, “What is truth?”  While Pilate’s question may not have been a genuine question, it is ironic that truth stood right in front of him.  Speaking to Thomas and the disciples here, Jesus preached that He is the truth.  Earlier, Jesus stated to the Jews that they could know the truth and the truth would set them free (John 8:32).  Today, we can know the truth – that the shed blood of Jesus on the cross was shed to liberate all men and women from sin, and make them alive to God.

Jesus had already stated that He was the bread of life, that He was the door through which life could be gained, that He was the resurrection and the life, and that He is the light of life.  Now He proclaims that He is the life.  As He shed his blood as a ransom for many (Ephesians 1:7) and raised from the dead, He proves that He is the life, and that He has the only verifiable way to have eternal life with the Father.

He is truly the way, the truth and the life.


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