“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
- John 14:1-7
“[John 14:6] is the answer to that question [from John 14:5]. It has been read with a great deal of profit without always being read correctly. If I were to divide a sermon into three parts and show that, first, Christ is the way; second, that he is the truth; and third, that he is the life, I would not give the meaning of the text. Jesus is not speaking about three things – he does not say, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.’ He is speaking about only one thing, namely, that he is the way, and then the two words, truth and the life, are put in to explain what he means by ‘the way.’”
- Charles H. Spurgeon, from his sermon notes
This post is scheduled for the afternoon of Good Friday, about the time that our Lord was on the cross or being taken down, back nearly 2,000 years ago. There are probably many who will write about that, but this little conversation between Thomas and Jesus points to why the sacrifice on the cross has meaning today.
Jesus is the Way to salvation. Jesus, dying on the cross satisfied the sin penalty, and was in accordance with Old Testament prophecies, starting with Genesis 3:16 with the curse of the serpent. When Jesus had His conversation with Thomas, He was trying to let them know what was about to happen, within the next few hours.
Jesus is the Truth in that Jesus is the Son of God. He spoke the truth, but He is also Truth itself. He is the Creator of our world. We are made in His image. Thus, anything that we consider to be truth, the origin of that truth is Jesus, the Truth.
And Jesus is the Life. Jesus died for our sins. Yes, but He rose again, showing victory and power over death. Death could not hold Him and it will not hold us, those who believe and trust in Jesus. Why can we share that claim? Jesus said that we could, and He is Truth and He is Life.
Thus, Spurgeon is correct. Jesus is the Way for us to be united with our Heavenly Father, by means of His Truth and Life.
On Good Friday, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins, but the fulfillment of the entire promise is found on Easter morning and an empty tomb. We have the same victory over death. What are you looking for in the tomb? The tomb is empty. He has risen.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.