March 14, 2017 – Tuesday
Read: John 14:1 – 7, NIV
Focus: v. 6, NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus again introduced some troubling things to His disciples in the chapter before this one. He spoke of betrayal and denial among his followers. Then He begins to talk about going away and they are just not “getting it.” Thomas, Phillip and Judas Iscariot question Jesus about what He is telling them. “We don’t know – Prove it – Why?” These are their responses to the words of Jesus. It appears that Jesus patiently soldiers on with them. He didn’t question His Father by crying out, “Why, Father, did you have Me choose these guys?” I have to admit that’s likely what I would say. It wasn’t until after the Resurrection that they began to understand, and then it wasn’t until after the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost that they really got involved with the program, so to speak.
Jesus’ response to Thomas’ question of “How can we know the way?” is a very clear statement. “I am the way” and more than that “I am the truth and the life.” He then emphasizes that He is The Way with the phrase “No one comes to the Father except through me” (verse 6). He put it another way in a parable when he spoke of being “The Door” to the sheepfold. A door is the “way” in and that’s what Jesus is. He is “the way in.” With a play on words we could say that we would then be part of the “in” crowd. There are two emphases here: Jesus is the way AND He is the only way to the Father.
All this is the lead up to the crucifixion, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. It is only when all these actions are put together that the disciples are able to see exactly what Jesus was talking about. Aren’t there times when all the things that happen to you make no sense until later when God sort of says to us, “Can you see it now? Do you understand?” There have been times for me when I was faced with helping someone else who was struggling that God used that or similar struggles of my own to make sense of what they were going through and sometimes that was the exact moment when I got my “Aha!” moment as well.
Jesus is the way to God and the only way to God. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved” (Romans 10:9 – 10, NIV).