Wrestling with John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
I was thinking about this verse this morning. Wondering. Wrestling. It’s a pretty direct claim to exclusivity by Jesus. Let’s break down this short, yet direct, statement of Jesus.
- Jesus says “I am the way” And there is no other. Jesus is the way; the path, the direction. When we’ve lost our way, Jesus is the only way. When we feel directionless: Jesus is the direction. When we are looking for the right path for life; Jesus alone is that path. He is the only way!
- Jesus says “and the truth” And there is no other. Truth. Apparently for Jesus, truth couldn’t be restricted to just a philosophical concept. Truth is a person. Specifically, the One who is fully God and fully Man is the embodiment of all truth. So much more than an intellectual concept. Jesus is a very personal truth, an absolute truth that is fully trustworthy, a foundation for all life.
- Jesus says “and the life” And there is no other. In Jesus there is fullness of life, abundant life, life with a purpose, a life of hope. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is the only source of real life.
- Jesus says “No one come to the Father except through me.” And there is no other way to the Father. Only through Jesus do we find access to the fullness of the loving God who created us, redeems us, and sets us free. There is no other path, no other way, no other truth, only Jesus. Yet in and through Jesus, all may come to the Father, all may find the life of salvation.
The way, the truth, and the life. No other way to the Father, to real and abundant life, but Jesus! Yes, it is a claim to exclusivity, yet it is incredibly inclusive in its’ scope, everyone is welcome enter this way, truth, and life through Jesus. But, only through Jesus.
So will you pray for someone to meet Jesus for the first time today? To find the way, truth, and life only available through Jesus? Who will you pray for today? Name them; be intentional and specific in your prayer.
Grace and Peace, Rich
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