John 14:6: The Way, The Truth, The Life

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.‘

John 14:6 NIVUK

Although they do not know it yet, Jesus is preparing His Disciples for His departure, saying goodbye if you will, but with a promise of His return and a place where He is going. In this verse Jesus is responding to a question posed by Thomas in John 14:5, which paraphrased, is how were the Disciples to know the way if they didn’t know where He was going?

But Jesus has just insisted they do know where He is going (John 14:4). He will prepare a place for them and come back for them (John 14:3). The answer is literally staring them in the face, it is Jesus Himself.

Thomas is stuck worrying about the earthly practicalities of finding Jesus to be with Him, but Jesus has already said “Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:1). Just trust and believe, we do not need to know the details. I have found tremendous comfort in this assurance: I really don’t need to be anxious, the Lord has it under control. My connection to the Lord is faith in Him, with that information I have all that I need.

Jesus being the “way” suggests a journey or pursuit. There is no way I can earn a place with Jesus. It is impossible to be perfect. This is built in to the very nature of our earthly lives. But I can continue to follow Him and pursue the life He offers, continuously. He is not “a” way, He is “the” way, the one and only.

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