John 14:1-14 (ESV)

1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 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 authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus told his disciples he was going to a place where they couldn’t follow. Peter wondered where he was going and insisted he would lay down his life for Jesus, but Peter would actually go on to deny him. The disciples had to be discouraged at this point. Jesus was going to a place they couldn’t come, one of them was a betrayer, and Peter was going to deny him. Jesus encouraged them, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” He let them know that one of the reasons he was going back to his Father was to prepare a place for each one of them. Thomas was still confused and didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about. Jesus was the Messiah, right? He hadn’t set up his kingdom yet. So where could he be going? Then Jesus declared the sixth of the seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Only Jesus was God incarnate. Therefore, he was and always will be the only way to get to God. He said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is probably the most politically incorrect statement ever made, yet it came from the mouth of God. To deny this truth, that Jesus is the only way, is to deny Jesus.

What did Jesus mean when he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”? Was he speaking about three distinct and different things? Scholars say that based on the original Greek construction, Jesus meant he was the true revelation of the Father and the one with the ability to give eternal life. No human can get to God by her own effort. Everyone is separated from him because of her sin, and will remain separated from him for eternity when she dies. The only way to be reconciled to God is through the provision that Jesus made. Pray that God would have mercy on his people today and help his followers be immovable when it comes to the gospel. May we love the world enough to warn it about the tremendous consequences of living life and leaving life without Jesus.