Jesus Christ is the power
of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:23-24). He is
not one of an infinite number of ways to God; He is
the way, the truth and the life. In John 14:6 Jesus
said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one
comes to the Father, but through Me." That is
"probably the most exclusive statement ever made by
anyone." It is the greatest offense in our modern
age of tolerance. But the truth remains. "And there
is salvation in no one else; for there is no other
name under heaven that has been given among men by
which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). The world
outside of Christ hates that statement. The truth is
Jesus is Lord (cf. Phil. 2:8-11). "For there is one
God, and one mediator also between God and men, the
man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5).
Jesus made this statement
with a sense of supreme authority on the night
before His death. This is one of the seven great "I
am" statements in the Gospel of John. Jesus directs
the thoughts of the disciples to Himself. He is "the
way, the truth, and the life." He answers to our
greatest needs in life, and He can do that because
He is the "I AM." "I myself (I with strong emphasis)
am the way." With the "I am" there is the emphatic
emphasis, "I and I alone, I and no other" am the
way, and the truth, and the life. The "way" is
the means to God the Father. He is the only Way.
Only this ONE WAY takes us to the Father, and this
way is a unique person.
The highest occupation
for the Christian is Jesus Christ and an increasing
personal knowledge of Him. Jesus is the way to the
Father; He is the truth incarnate and He is the life
to all who believe on Him.
OUR GREATEST NEED
We are in the desperate
need in our day for "the truth" in the place of
religious ignorance and error. Jesus gives us a
perfect revelation of the LORD God.
Moreover, we are
alienated from God because of our sin, and we need
the perfect way into His holy presence. There is a
way which seems right to a man, but its end is the
way of death" (Prov. 14:12). "The wages of sin is
death . . ." (Rom. 6:23a). However, there is a way
to God through the person of Jesus Christ. "He who
has seen Me," Jesus said, "has seen the Father."
We are dead in our
trespasses and sins, and He alone gives us eternal
life instead of death. Our fallen parents beget
fallen children. When Adam sinned he became
alienated from God and tried to hide himself. After
believing the devil's lie he was no longer capable
of perceiving the truth, he no longer had spiritual
life because God's law was strictly enforced. The
Bible says, "In the day you eat thereof you shall
All three of these needs
are perfectly met by Jesus Christ. Are you alienated
from God because of your sins and trespasses? Jesus
is the way. Are you in the need of absolute
spiritual truth, without any mixture of error? Jesus
is the truth. Are you dead spiritually? Jesus is the
life, and He gives eternal life.
In the preceding verses
in John 14 the disciples were in a state of shock
because Jesus had just told them that they could not
follow where He is going. They were troubled because
Jesus was talking about His death. They were
agitated like water in a pot on a hot stove. Jesus
told them that He is preparing a place in heaven. He
is the means of bringing them to heaven to be with
His Father. He is going ahead of them and will
prepare a permanent resting place for His people
when they arrive one by one, or when He comes at His
Second Coming in glory.
Keep clearly in mind the
one who is speaking is headed to the cross on the
next day. Yet, there is not the slightest doubt in
Jesus' words. "If it were not so, I would have told
you." I go to prepare a permanent place for you.
Absolute certainty is written all over the passage.
The disciples and every believer will be with Jesus
one day. Here is the greatest assurance that the
believer will be with His Lord. If we follow Him we
will come to where He is. Our destination is to be
with Him in heaven.
One of His disciples,
Thomas, wanted Jesus to make it absolutely clear.
How can they know the way? It seems so important to
Him (v. 5).
Jesus has been teaching
His disciples that He is going back to be with the
Father (13:3; 16:5, 10, 17). Now He speaks of the
way to God because He not only shows the way, He is
the only way to the Father.
JESUS IS THE WAY
Jesus is not only the
way; He is the only way to the Father. Man is
totally ruined in sin, and his only hope in a right
relationship with God is through the atonement of
Jesus Christ. The solution to our problem is a
personal relationship with Christ. Jesus said, "It
is enough that you know Me."
Our sin problem
Our problem is we are
lost spiritually. We are like dumb foolish sheep
that have wandered away into spiritual wilderness
and have lost our way. Without Jesus Christ we are
We are totally ruined by
sin and are in a state of depravity. We feel guilty
because we are guilty. We are in total ruin in God's
sight. We are not slightly tarnished by sin; we are
dead, lost, condemned, unclean, alienated, totally
depraved. We cannot influence on our part a right
relationship with God. The only way we can have a
right relationship with Him is by His grace. Because
of our spiritual state we cannot fix ourselves. We
are sinners. That is not an excuse or a cop-out. It
is a reality. We are spiritually dead and lost.
Enter by the blood
since we have confidence to enter the holy place by
the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He
inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His
flesh, and since we have a great priest over the
house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart
in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our
bodies washed with pure water" (Heb. 10:19-22).
The only way back to God
is by way of the cross of Jesus Christ. He is not
merely a spiritual guide who came to show sinners
the path in which they ought to travel. He is
Himself the Way to the Father. There is no other way
because Jesus Christ is the only person who can deal
with our sin problem. The sinless, spotless Lamb of
God took our sins upon Himself and died for us. He
is our substitute. He died in our place. All our
sins were laid on Him, and He paid our death
penalty. The Bible tells us, "The wages of sin is
death." Christ died our death, so He could give us
eternal life. Jesus went to the cross and died for
you and me. Our debt is paid in full. He bore in His
own body the wrath of God for us. He was our
substitute, and by His atoning sacrifice He removed
the guilt and punishment of our sin forever. This is
why He is our only way into the holy presence of
Because of His death on
the cross God can now remove the believing sinner's
sin "as far as the east is from the west" (Ps.
103:12); i.e., infinity. He has placed them behind
His back and can no longer see them (Isa. 38:17). He
has cast them out of our reach "into the depths of
the sea" (Micah 7:19). Our sins are forgiven (Col.
2:13), forgotten (Heb. 10:17), and removed forever
The perfect way
Jesus in not only your
only way; He is the perfect way into God's presence.
We have a perfect position with God the Father. C.
H. Spurgeon preached, "God's grace comes in and says
to my soul, 'Thou hast sinned; but did not Jesus
come to save sinners? Thou art not saved because
thou art righteous; for Christ died for the
ungodly.' And my faith says, 'Though I have sinned,
I have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous, and though I am guilty, yet by grace I am
saved and I am a child of God still.' . . . 'How
could I ever sin against my God who is so good to
me? Now I will overcome that sin;' and I get strong
to fight with sin through the conviction that I am
Jesus has opened the way
into God's presence and that way is never closed for
the believer. He provides perfect reconciliation
with God (2 Cor. 5:18-19), and He has committed to
us the ministry of reconciliation (v. 20), because
of His matchless grace (v. 21).
Jesus is the way, and He
has come to you. There is nothing to do, except
believe on Him. You receive Him by faith.
Jesus not only shows men
the way; He is the way. No man comes to the Father
other than by way of Jesus. As the "way" Jesus is
the only link between God and sinful man. To know
Jesus is to know the Father. John 1:18 says, "No one
has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who
is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained
Him." God cannot be seen in the literal sense. He is
spirit (4:24). The Jewish people would count it as
an article of faith that no man has seen God at any
time. But to know Jesus fully is to "see" the
heavenly Father. His followers really know God in an
intimate personal experience.
No other way
In our day it is so
radical because everyone wants to worship many gods.
Everyone wants to think there are many ways to God,
but there is not. There is only one way and that is
by way of the cross of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ spans the
infinite distance between God and the sinner. It is
impossible for sinful man to manufacture a ladder to
climb up to God through prayers, tears, penitence,
resolutions, rededication, self-help,
pop-psychology, and etc. "There is a way which seems
right to a man, but its end is the way of death"
(Prov. 14:12). The sinner could not go to God, but
God in the person of His Son came down to sinners,
and He is our only way to the Father. He is the way
to the Father in heaven.
I remember reading a
story in the news about a ferryboat that capsized at
A bank official who
stretched his 6'3'' frame into a human bridge and
saved 20 people emerged Monday as one of the heroes
of the Zebruze ferry disaster.
A group of passengers
sitting in the corner of the vessel, were cut off
from the safety of a small island of metal by a 6
ft. wide cascade of water that rushed in after the
ferry turned over on its side. It was too big for
people to jump across. One of the men told
reporters, "I just made sort of a bridge with my
body." His wife said, "I was the first one to
climb across and I stepped on his back. . . I was
petrified!" Another passenger said, "When you
climbed on him you had to jump and the floor was
slippery with water. All the people in our
corner over there got over through his human bridge.
Otherwise we couldn't have gotten over across that
Once across the gap the
20 people reached the small island of safety to
which the rescuers had thrown a rope.
The man who used himself
as the bridge said he stayed behind for about an
hour and half helping people climb the rope to
safety. People were screaming. "My daughter thought
she was going to die." She said, "Mommy, if I did
something wrong, I didn't mean to do it."
That is what Christ did
for you and me. He built the bridge with His body on
the Cross. As the Son of God He could span the
extremes of man's sinfulness and God's righteousness
and offers to us the hope of forgiveness and eternal
life. There is only one avenue to God. He alone can
lead us to Himself.
JESUS IS THE TRUTH
Jesus Christ is the full,
final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the
truth. "I myself am the truth." "I and I alone, and
no one else am the truth." Jesus is the actual
embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative
representative and revealer of God. He hears what
the Father says and does what the Father tells Him
to do (5:19; 8:29). You can paraphrase John 14:6, "I
am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and
gives life (to people)."
Jesus Christ is the very
reality of all God's grace toward us sinners. Grace
and truth could not merely be given. It actually
came through the living person of Jesus Christ.
You don't need a free
book from the cults, or a "corrected" version of the
King James Bible from the cults. Adam believed the
devil's lie, and men still believe it to this day.
The reason is because fallen man has his spiritual
senses darkened. The apostle Paul said, "being
darkened in their understanding, excluded from the
life of God because of the ignorance that is in
them, because of the hardness of their heart" (Eph.
4:18). The truth is found in the person of Jesus
Christ. He is the truth. As He reveals the Father He
exposes our sin and unbelief, for "in whom are
hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge"
Men have exchanged the
truth about God for a lie (Rom. 3:7; 15:8; 1:25).
But the very truth of God resides in Christ. He is
"full of grace and truth" (John 1:14), and is the
source of grace and truth to men (v. 17). Truth is
God's very reality revealing itself in Jesus. Truth
is knowledge of God through Jesus Christ (John
8:31f). To have the Truth is to have eternal life
God of truth
Have you humbled yourself
and bowed down before Him who is the Truth—eternal
Truth? The emphasis in this great statement is not
just truth as opposed to a lie, reality as opposed
to mere illusion, but His faithfulness, reliability,
trustworthiness, sureness. Jesus Christ is the "God
of truth" (Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16). Absolute truth is
characteristic of God, and it is only as we know God
that we know truth. It includes the complete
reliability and the complete integrity of God. He
will certainly act in accordance with the highest
conceivable integrity and righteousness.
Without Christ men are
under the power and influence of the devil, who is
the father of lies. Christ, on the other hand, is
Himself the truth about God. "He that has seen Me
has seen the Father." Without Christ men are without
truth and are still in their trespasses and sins.
Jesus tells us that a
true knowledge of the Father can only be obtained
through a true knowledge of the Son. "If you had
known Me, you would have known My Father also; from
now on you know Him, and have seen Him" (John 14:7).
If the Son is truly known, the Father is truly
known. We can know the Father in so much as we know
the Son, and no farther. "Christ was more than an
appearance of God; He was "God made in flesh." He
was the Only-begotten, who fully declared Him. He is
the God-man. He is full human and fully God.
The emphasis is on the
fact that you can know Him so clearly that it may be
said you see Him. The work of the Holy Spirit is to
take the things of Christ and show them to the
believer. The disciple of Jesus, Philip said to Him,
"Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for
us" (v. 8). Jesus said, "He that has seen Me has
seen the Father" (v. 9). In seeing Jesus Philip is
seeing God. He is the One in whom God can be found
because He is the end and the goal. There is no use
looking anywhere else. The truth is "I and the
Father are one" (10:30, 38).
Philip said, "Show us the
Father." Christ replied, "Have you not known Me,
Philip?" "Philip, don't you know who I am?" What
Philip desired was right there before his eyes. The
glorious revelation of God was right there before
him. The Word, made flesh, was tabernacling Himself
before men, and His glory was "the glory of the
only-begotten of the Father" (John 1:14, 18). As the
apostle Paul declared, "He was the visible image of
the invisible God" (Col. 1:16). "For it was the
Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell
in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to
Himself, having made peace through the blood of His
cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth
or things in heaven" (vv. 19-20). "For in Him all
the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" (2:9).
In John 14:10-11, Jesus
explains and illustrates further: "Do you not
believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is
in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on
My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does
His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and
the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of
the works themselves." Christ was in the Father and
the Father was in Him. This was the most perfect and
intimate union between the Father and the Son. Both
the words and the works of Jesus were a perfect
revelation of Deity. Jesus spoke and it was done; He
commanded and it stood fast. When Jesus said,
"Lazarus, come forth," he that was dead came forth
alive. Only God can do that.
Every time Jesus opened
His mouth to say something, it was the Father who
spoke through Him. There was perfect union between
the Father and the Son. When Jesus spoke, every word
and utterance was truly His; but what He said and
the words He employed were the Father's own thought
and speech. The two speak as one because they are
one, Jesus in the Father, the Father in Jesus.
Do you seek the truth?
"Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father
in Me" (v. 11). "Believe that the Father is in Me
and I in Him" (10:38). What is our response? "And we
know that the Son of God has come, and has given us
understanding so that we may know Him who is true;
and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus
Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (1
Jesus Christ is the way,
the truth and the life.
JESUS IS THE LIFE
Jesus is "the life" for
all who will repent and believe on Him alone for
salvation. He alone delivers us from death. Christ
is the Emancipator from death—physical, spiritual
and eternal. "The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I came that they may have life, and
have it abundantly" (John 10:10). "I myself,"
this divine Person in our flesh, "I myself am the
The natural man is
spiritually dead. He is lifeless. Everything
revolves around I, me and mine in the natural man's
life. He is alive to the world, but dead to God, and
the things of God. He has earthly existence, but he
is dead spiritually. However, Jesus promises to
raise the dead. He gives life, eternal life, to all
who will call upon Him. The life Christ gives is
God's life, therefore that life is eternal life.
This truth gives the believer great assurance
because we can no more perish than can God the
Father can. If you have eternal life you cannot
loose it because it is "eternal."
Jesus said, "Truly,
truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and
believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does
not come into judgment, but has passed out of death
into life" (John 5:24). The apostle John wrote: "He
who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who
does not obey the Son will not see life, but the
wrath of God abides on him" (3:36).
Jesus promised "eternal
life" to all who believe on Him. "My sheep hear My
voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I
give eternal life to them, and they will never
perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand"
Jesus came that you may
have His kind of life. He alone is the giver of life
because He is its source. We must turn to Him who is
the Life if we want abundant life.
matters little; the only life worthy of the name is
that which Jesus brings to life, because He is "the
life." Jesus is the real and living way of life.
"Life" in the Gospel of
John is characteristically "eternal life" (3:15). It
is the gift of God through His Son. He came that men
"might have life and have it more abundantly"
(10:10). He died that men might have everlasting
life and not perish (3:16-17). Only those who come
to Him and eat His flesh and drink His blood have
life (5:40). Only those who see the Son and
believe on Him can have life (6:40). He is the
living bread that gives eternal life (6:51). He said
that He had power to lay down His life and to take
it again (10:18). His resurrection proves that He
did just that. When He gives life men will never
perish (10:28). As Lord of life He raised Lazarus
from the dead (11:25-26; 14:6). Just as the Father
who "has life in Himself" so does the Son (5:26).
The whole Gospel of John is about this "life" that
the Son gives to those who will call upon His name.
Jesus said, "I am the way
and the truth and the life." Jesus is not only the
way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the
embodiment of God's self-revelation. He is the life
of God. He is "the true God and eternal life" (1
Jesus does not just show
us the way to the Father; He is the way to the
Father, the only way. Access to the Father's house
in heaven will only be through Jesus and no other
person. He is the only one who can lead us to the
place He has prepared for us. The way and the truth,
and the life come to a focus in the one phrase,
"through Me." Jesus is the means.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY
Jesus said to him, "I am
the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes
to the Father but through Me" (John 14:6). The
Father is on a divine mission in the life of His
Son, Jesus Christ. Moreover, John 14:10 says the
Father is living in Him. "I am in the Father, and
the Father is in Me?"
"No one comes to the
Father but through Me." Christ is the only way to
God. "For no man can lay a foundation other than the
one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Cor.
Those words are
exclusive, but not necessarily offensive, because
they state precisely our greatest need. God in His
matchless grace stepped in and provided what we
could never provide for ourselves. That is good
He offers to each of us
this new life. All that He requires is that we
receive Him by faith. There is nothing to achieve,
no self-help programs, no self-improvements to be
made, no lessons to learn. He simply asks us to
believe on Him. Accept Jesus Christ and what He
claims to be—the way to God, the truth about God,
the life of God. Believe on Him as receive the free
gift of eternal life.
It is almost as if Jesus
states the fact, "I am, the way, the truth, the
life" and then restates it saying, "No one comes to
the Father except through Me." "I alone am the one
by whom people go to the Father."
Let it be clearly stated
and proclaimed: Jesus Christ is the only way by
which men and women may come to the Father; there is
no other way. That is not being impolite, or
politically incorrect, or intolerant; it is simply
stating an absolute truth.
We must keep clearly in
mind that the one who makes this claim is the
incarnate Word, the revealer of God the Father.
There is no other authoritative, legitimate,
absolute truth about God. Jesus Christ, the Word is
God's only avenue of communication with lost
mankind. He is God incarnate. We have no legitimate
knowledge of God and no other approach to God apart
from what He has said. This is why the Word became
flesh and lived among us. God's life is incarnate in
Jesus Christ. There is no other source of eternal
What we decide to do with
that life determines our eternal destiny.
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
When you behold
Christ, you behold God.
If you do not have faith
in Christ, you do not have faith in God. In Jesus
Christ you see God. If you have not seen God in Him,
you have not gone to the heart of Christianity. We
see in Him God fully manifested.
Alexander Maclaren said,
". . . in the man Jesus, men know and see 'the
Father' as they never did before. The Cross and the
Passion of Christ are the unveiling to the world of
the heart of God . . . . It is the dying Christ that
reveals the living God." Then he ads:
". . . . He is your way
to God. See that you seek the Father by Him alone.
He is your Truth; grapple Him to your hearts, and by
patient meditation and continual faithfulness enrich
yourselves with all the communicated treasures that
you have already received in Him. He is your Life;
cleave to Him, that the quick Spirit that was in Him
may pass into you and make you victors over all
deaths, temporal and eternal."
Now that you know
the truth, what do you chose to do with Him?
The sad truth is it is
possible to spend your whole life studying about God
and never experiencing Him. What will you do with
these words of Jesus? He is the truth and this truth
gives life. Do you meditate on Him day and night? He
is the source of eternal life. You will not find
satisfaction in the opinions of men, but in the
living Word of Truth.
Thomas a Kempis wrote
centuries ago in The Imitation of Christ: "Follow
thou me. I am the way and the truth and the life.
Without the way there is no going; without the truth
there is no knowing; without the life there is no
living. I am the way which thou must follow; the
truth which thou must believe; the life for which
thou must hope. I am the inviolable way; the
infallible truth; the never-ending life. I am the
straightest way; the sovereign truth; life true,
life blessed, life uncreated. If thou remain in my
way thou shalt know the truth, and the truth shall
make thee free, and thou salt lay hold on eternal
In the Son you see the
Father. There is no other way to see the invisible
God. To know the Son is to know the Father.
Jesus does not merely
point the way as a guiding light; He is the Way. He
does not just teach us truth about God; He is the
Truth. He does not represent only one avenue that
leads to God, He is the only way to God. He does not
just model a good life; He is the Life. The end of
our human quest for God is Jesus Christ. God has
shown Himself, and has spoken in Christ. What need
is there for anything further? God Himself was in
Jesus Christ. They both share in the same substance,
or essence or being. To see one is to see the other.
God is like Jesus Christ.
God was fully present in
Jesus Christ reconciling the world unto Himself (2
Cor. 5:18). Have you experienced His reconciliation?
If you remove Jesus
Christ, and the way, the truth, and the life are
gone; no way, no truth, no life are left. Acts 4:12;
John 3:36; Mark 16:16," declares Lenski. "All hope
of God and heaven outside of Jesus is vanity and
worse. 'Except through me' is absolute and final."
Title: John 14:6-9 Jesus
is the Way, the Truth and the Life
Series: Life of