Wednesday – December 7, 2016
Read: John 14:1-14
Focus: vs 6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
A few days ago my son, Dan, and I were deer hunting and had to cross a field that had become quite overgrown. We struggled to find a path through that field so we could see what was on the other side and locate where we might possible find some deer. It was only when we stumbled on a faint path through those huge overgrown weeds that we were able to make it through to the other side. Paths are very helpful and make travel much easier.
The scripture portion for today is highlighted by one of the Great “I AM’s” found in John’s Gospel. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). A path is made to be walked on. In fact, it is brought into being because it has been walked on. In a sense Jesus, being the way, or path, has already walked on the path we are to follow since that path is Him. Jesus states in verse 4 that his disciples know the way to get to where Jesus was going. The disciples are confused because they don’t even know where Jesus is going so ergo they don’t know how to get there. They haven’t been listening, at least not very closely. On top of that, when they question Him about his statement, what He answers makes clear the path. He is the path to heaven and the place prepared for them. Again, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” You get there by following me for I am the way (path) for you to follow.
God has gifted us with Jesus and that gift keeps showing up in all aspects of our lives. Here in this passage, the gift of Jesus as the path to our heavenly home is presented to them following Thomas’s remark, “If we don’t know where you are going then how can we know the way?” That is when Jesus spells it out for them that He is the way, the truth and the life.
I think Phillip is getting a glimmer of what was about to happen with his request in verse 9 that if Jesus would just show them the Father that would be good enough for them. I think he has caught the drift that Jesus really was going away and he didn’t want him to do so. What Jesus then does is remind them that He and the Father were one. He really IS God.
We sometimes sing a chorus that has the line in it, “You are my all in all.” That is a true statement worthy of much repetition. We have, or will have, by the time this series of devotionals are done gotten the idea that the Gift of Jesus to the world is all-encompassing. Everything the Christian does is bound up in Jesus. A study of all of the “I AM’s” of Jesus would by themselves bring all this to light. “I pray that your study of this passage will open your eyes to the majesty and completeness that is Jesus, the Son of God, and our Savior.”