I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Bible Text: John 14:6 | Series:

I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

John 14:6

Jesus is the exclusive way of salvation, the absolute truth, and the only source of life.

  1. Jesus foretold of His departure - 13:31–14:3
    1. Jesus is glorified with the Father as they share the same divine glory.
    2. Jesus said this would take place immediately. At this point, what event was looming?
    3. Jesus was/is glorified in His condescension, His obedient life, His death and His ascension all as one act of obedient righteousness - John 17:1, 4–5
    4. Jesus departure in death and His return to heaven overlap:
      1. Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper to be observed in His absence.
      2. Jesus command to love one another as He loved was to be observed in His absence.
      3. Jesus told the Jews He was departing - John 7:32–36; 8:21
      4. Jesus told the disciples He was departing.
      5. Jesus said He would be put to death and Peter assumed this death was all that He meant - John 11:16, 53; 12:7; 23–24, 27–28, 32–34
      6. Jesus did speak of His resurrection in the gospel of John but only vaguely - John 2:19; 10:17–18; 11:23–26
      7. Jesus spoke clearly in terms of His departure and return to the Father and what would happen during His absence - 14:12–17:26
  1. Believers make the same departure as Jesus - 14:4–6
    1. Jesus assured and encouraged the disciples.
    2. Jesus departed to prepare a place for His disciples!
    3. Jesus promised to return and take His disciples to His Father’s house!
    4. Jesus had made it clear that because they knew Him they knew where He was going and how to get there but He anticipated Thomas’ question.
    5. Jesus did not simply make a way, He is the way. In Christ is the way.
    6. Jesus did not simply declare the truth, He is the truth. In Christ is the truth.
    7. Jesus did not simply show how to live, He is the life. In Christ is life.
    8. Jesus is the way to God because He is the supreme revelation of the truth of God and He has the divine life of God in Himself.
    9. Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life of salvation! Outside of Jesus there is no other way, no other truth, and no other life.
      1. No one will come to God through Moses and Old Testament.
      2. No one will come to God through good works.
      3. No one will come to God through religious ceremony.
      4. No one will come to God through any other way other than Jesus because He is the only way, only truth, and the only life!

How can a person be a way? Once there was an elderly woman trapped high up in a burning building. After many futile attempts she tried to come down the fire escape, but it wasn’t until a fireman came in person to carry her down she was saved.