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 NASB
Jesus may have been humble, but He certainly wasn’t mealy-mouthed. He puts everything on the line in this statement. This is the worst sort of statement any human being could ever make…unless it’s true. Then it has to be said. And it was said.
When Jesus says, “I am the way,” He is showing us Himself as the way out of the darkness of this world. By following Him, we see a path through this jungle that is life. In no other direction can we find a steady source of hope. Evil, confusion, and lies mount up around us day after day. Jesus is the way out.
When Jesus says, “I am the truth,” He is claiming not just be to telling the truth, but to be the truth. We need this assurance from Him because at times He seems too good to be true. That He is truth means that we can trust everything He is and everything He says. He is not a false way, He is the true way.
When Jesus says, “I am the life,” He is claiming to restore what Adam and Eve lost so long ago. God told them that in the day they ate the forbidden fruit they would die. Their physical death did not come the day they ate the fruit – that came hundreds of years later. They did, however, die that day…in their separation from God. That’s what true death – spiritual death – actually is: separation from God. Jesus restores our connection with God and therefore life itself.
Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. Such a statement makes a permanent claim on our attention. It’s amazing how many people resist it.
Jesus went on to say, “No one comes to the Father but through Me.” This rules out any other religion or religious claim on our attention. Jesus did not complicate His message; He gives it to us straight. No one can hear Jesus’ words and remain neutral about Him.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, the statement You make in this verse is so clear and profound and powerful that we can hardly take it in all at once. As I meditate on these words, help me to grasp more and more of their meaning with each passing day of my life…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.