The “I am” sayings of Jesus: I am the way and the truth and the life

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”       John 14: 6 – 7

This discourse started with Jesus telling his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled. He was going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house where there are many rooms. Thomas commented that they didn’t know where he was going and asked how they could know the way.

Jesus didn’t come to point us to the way to the Father – the way to the truth, and the way to life. By stating “I am…” he claimed to be the way himself. If we want to know God we need to look no further than Jesus who was God who had become flesh. He was the embodiment of God. “If you have seen me you have seen the Father” (John 14: 9). John puts it as explicitly in his first letter: No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. (1 John 2: 23).

Likewise, Jesus didn’t point us to an external truth. He is the truth. In John 8: 32 and 36 Jesus interchanges truth with Son first saying that “the truth will set you free” then “if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed”. It is the truth found in Jesus that sets us free from our sin, bondage, and all other slavery.

Neither does he merely give us life apart from himself. Life is found in him as he said in John 17: 3 “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

If you’ve been searching for the way to meaning and purpose in life and don’t know what the truth is with all the many voices shouting different philosophies at you, then you don’t need to look any further. Jesus is who he claimed to be and in him you will find the way to God, including meaning and purpose, you will know the truth in Him, and you will be set free from your bondages and hopelessness to receive the abundant life that he promised.

The outcome of knowing this is that our hearts will be at peace and will not be troubled.

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  1. Merle Jubber

    Amen So Encouraging. Thanks Al

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