In the sequence of events through the book of John, the last 2 statements we will look at take place while Jesus partakes of the Passover supper with the disciples. They are the only ones to whom He speaks these 2 declarations. And it won’t be much longer now before Jesus is arrested, tried and condemned to be crucified. But before that happens he spends much time talking and sharing with the 12 who have been His loyal companions for about 3 years. As one reads through chapters 13-17 there is the definite sense of Jesus knowing His time is short. He wants to give them as much encouragement, understanding and guidance as possible before He is gone. There is love, compassion, concern and a great sense of hope that He pours out to them. Like a parent giving some last words to the children when they know their time on this earth has come to an end. At the beginning of chapter 14 He tells them He is going to His Father’s house and will be preparing a place there for them as well. He implies that they know where He is going and they know the way there as well. They aren’t quite sure about their knowledge and Thomas speaks up saying: ” Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
To know Jesus, is to know the way, for He is the way.
Which makes total sense in light of all the other I AM statements. They build on and reinforce each other. Individually each one is bold, collectively they are quite powerful, convicting, and controversial! How arrogant to say I AM THE bread, THE light, THE gate, THE Good Shepherd, THE resurrection & life, and now there is only One Way? and HE IS IT!! But there it is. It is your choice to do with His declarations as you choose.
Until next time may you study upon your life’s belief system and honestly assess the security you find in it.