Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life — the means of access to the truth to which even pagan kings bow, and the resulting “life as God has it!”
[SW125] 1/24/14 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
“The Way, the Truth and the Life”
There is an element of progression in Jesus’ statement in John 14:6, “I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life.” He is our means of access to God the Father, we learn the Truth about our hearts through Him (John 8:31-36), and He imparts His Life to us and lives through us.
But we must first see that He says He literally is the I AM, the Author of the Way, the Author of the Truth, and the Author of Life. It was never available before He came.
In the previous chapter, Jesus told Peter he would deny Him. Jesus sent Judas on his way to betray Him.
Then in John 14:1, He said to the disciples who remained, “Not your hearts be troubled.” The original text says “let not” but that is not accurate. It is a direct command from Jesus: Not be troubled!
How could they not be troubled, after what just happened? By believing the Father, and believing Jesus. By believing what He says, but also by believing into Him, entering into Him. And He will enter them, filling them with His Spirit, in Acts 2, and their hearts will no longer be troubled at all!
“I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Jesus declares that He is divine, as with all the rest of the I AM statements I’ve explored in prior messages. His was the voice from the burning bush in Exodus 3, who told Moses to say, “I AM has sent you,” to His people who were slaves in Egypt.
Jesus Christ is the Way, One who is the means of access to the Father (Verse 6), that is God the Father who is the highest authority, above His Son and His Spirit. There was never a Way to the Father before, but Christ is that Way!
There was never a way for man to fully obey God and for a human heart to be fully devoted to God. God’s people, Israel, thought they could obey God, but came woefully short. But the prophets, who received words from God when the Holy Spirit came upon them, spoke of One to come who would be the Way to obedience, the One who would turn their stony hearts to hearts of flesh that would respond to God.
NOTE: In the Old Testament, God did declare some to be righteous who were careful to do as He commanded to the best of their ability (as with the prophets, King David, Job, and in Luke 1, Zechariah and Elizabeth), but they still needed Christ to do purify their hearts entirely.
God’s goal, in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, was that we would have fellowship with Him, with out sin separating us from Him.When we believe into Jesus Christ, the Way is made, the Way that never was available before Christ.
Only in Christ can fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be established. Most of the church does not teach that our hearts must be changed. They teach only forgiveness of sins (taught as “past, present and future”) and salvation. But that is misleading, and many in the church continue to willfully disobeying God, assuming He will forgive them. May it never be, as Paul says in Romans 6:2! In America, because so many in the church continue to sin, they remain separated from God.
Jesus Christ is the Way to fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. No one can come to the Father but through Him. Only through Him can past sins be forgiven and hearts cleansed and purified. Only through Him can we have power over sin, becoming more than conquerors over it, so that we no longer willfully rebel against God. He is the Way.
And He is the Truth. He is not “a” truth or some degree of truth. He is the I AM that came into the world. He is the truth of God. He is fidelity, reality, certainty, the reality behind this real, physical world that He created. There is a reality that is greater than our existence. Jesus Christ is the Truth, the reality of God.
God’s reality, His truth, was partially seen in the Old Testament, and the prophets foresaw from a distance the One who was coming to make it clear that God’s life is true life.
Many say, “Truth is whatever you want it to be. Make up your own truth.” But even pagan kings believe that God is truth when they see Him work His works. Daniel was a Jew in the Babylonian exile who had been raised up by God to be a counselor to King Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel 4, written by Nebuchadnezzar himself, the king had a dream that he would lose all reason, all authority, and eat grass like cattle.
He asked Daniel to interpret the dream. Daniel said the dream would come to pass, and Nebuchadnezzar would remain that way until he recognizes that the God of Heaven rules. In Daniel 4:28 and 33, Nebucadnezzar testifies that the dream came true. He lost his mind and his authority, and ate grass like the cattle. But:
Daniel 4:34 “But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever;
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 “ All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him, ‘ What have You done?’
36 “At that time my reason returned to me. And my majesty and splendor were restored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing greatness was added to me. 37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
He raised his eyes to heaven and declared in Verse 37 that there is a King in heaven, the Most High, and His works are true (literally, truth). When God works His works, even pagan kings take notice that God is the one true God (this happens today, around the world, but rarely in the U.S. because the much of the church’s works here are not God works but works any man can do).
I tell you, beloved, that the church in America must stop doing man’s works and humble herself before God, asking Him to work His works in her, to cleanse and purify her heart, and through her, so pagan kings confess that God is Truth.
It is the same with God’s people today as it was when Elijah was on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:39 and surrounding verses). When God’s works were done, God’s people cried, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
We must, like Nebuchadnezzar, confess our pride in our own ability, confess that He is the God of truth, and ask Him to do what is needed in us so we work His works and not ours.
Jesus Christ is God’s expression of His Truth. He is the divine Son, sent by God to be the Truth by which all mankind would be saved and given new hearts, if they would turn to Christ.
And Jesus Christ is the Life, the Author of eternal life, life as God has it, starting here and now. I’ve spoken of it before, and I will always speak of it — zoe, God’s life in us, when we enter into life through Jesus. There is no other life. All else is mere existence. We enter His life and His life enters us. And His life flows from us to others.
Jesus Christ is the Life that is a light that shines on men (John 1:4). He has shone His light on you.
Now, what will you do with the light He has shone on you? In John 3:20-21, Jesus says one of two things will happen: 1)You will run from the light because you love your sin, even your pride in what you can do; 2) you will come into the light so that God can work His works in and through you, so even pagan kings must confess that Jesus Christ is the I AM, the Way and the Truth and the Life.
His light is here for you, and the Father will gladly do what only God can do if you ask Him!