Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life Fifth Sunday of the Fifty Holy Days

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Today, if your heart is troubled and you’re feeling confused, concerned, and overwhelmed, you’re in good company. In John 14, Jesus’ disciples felt the very same way. Their Lord is leaving them. The disciples were not expecting this. They were counting on Jesus being around for a very long time. Now it finally begins to dawn on them that Jesus is going to die, and their hearts are heavy and deeply troubled. Fortunately, Jesus addresses His disciples, He says to them and to us: “Believing leads to seeing.”

Just a few hours before Jesus goes to the cross, He issues a difficult command to His disciples: “Do not let your heart be troubled.”

Jesus gives the cure for heart trouble in 14:1b: “believe in God, believe also in Me.”

The guarantee of heaven is confirmed by Jesus’ promise: “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

“And you know the way where I am going.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

“Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, except through Me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also: and from now on you know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6-7)

The way – Jesus used “the” to distinguish Himself as “the only way.” A way is a path or route, and the disciples had expressed their confusion about where He was going and how they could follow. As He had told them from the beginning, Jesus was again telling them (and us) “follow me.” There is no other path to heaven, no other way to the Father, Jesus is the way to the Father.

The truth – Again Jesus used “the” to emphasize Himself as “the only truth.” Psalm 119:142 says, “Your law is the truth.” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminded His listeners of several points of the Law, then said, “But I say unto you . . .” (Matthew 5:22, 28, 32, 34, 39, 44), thereby equating Himself with the Law of God as the authoritative standard of righteousness. In fact, Jesus said that He came to fulfill the Law and the prophets (Matthew 5:17). Jesus, as the incarnate Word of God (John 1:1) is the source of all truth. Jesus is the truth of all we find in the Father. Jesus is the only true measure of righteousness.

The life – Jesus had just been telling His disciples about His impending death, and now He was claiming to be the source of all life. He is the source of both physical and spiritual life. In John 10:17–18, Jesus declared that He was going to lay down His life for His sheep, and then take it back again. He spoke of His authority over life and death as being granted to Him by the Father. In John 14:19, He gave the promise that “because I live, you also will live.” The deliverance He was about to provide was not a political or social deliverance (which most of the Jews were seeking), but a true deliverance from a life of bondage to sin and death to a life of freedom in eternity.

Peter reiterated this same truth years later to the rulers in Jerusalem, saying about Jesus, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The exclusive nature of the only path to salvation is expressed in the words “I am the way.”