Nearing the end of Christ's life before his crucifixion, he spoke to his disciples and told them he would not be with them much longer. In John 13:33-14:6 we read the story of how Jesus dealt with the questions of Peter as well as Thomas concerning his going away. He also brought comfort to the troubled hearts of his disciples.
Peter asked: "Where are you going?" and Thomas asked, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"
Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me."
Jesus is the way. In a day of many world religions, we are told that there are many paths to God. Jesus makes it clear that there is only one true God and only one path to God, and that is through him and his sacrificial death and resurrection. He is not "a" way, but "the" way, the one and only way.
It is not multiple choice. If you are traveling any other path or direction other than that which is provided through Christ, you are headed the wrong way and will not end up at the proper destination of heaven.
Jesus is the truth. In him is no deceit, falsehood, compromise, misrepresentation, or deviation from ultimate reality and absolute fact. We live in a world that demands political correctness, which quite often stands diametrically opposed to biblical principles, morals and truth as it is embodied in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
We are living in a day when secular humanism and relativism tells us there are no moral absolutes, no ultimate reality and no final authority for right or wrong, truth or error. We live in a day of adjustable morality, open to private interpretation, depending on the person, situation or circumstance. But such teaching is in clear violation to the truth of Scripture, regardless of how right it may seem, how good it may feel and how attractive and appealing it may look.
Jesus is the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32).
Jesus is also the life. Life is one of the Apostle John's favorite themes. Jesus is all about life. He is the creator and sustainer of life, both physically as well as spiritually. He has come that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Apart from him we are dead in our sins, but he has come to give us new life. Life as its best is found in Jesus Christ. We can have this life here and now, and the promise of eternal life hereafter.
Jesus is the only way, the ultimate truth and the giver of life. By faith you can reach out and get connected with him today, and get started on the journey of a lifetime.
The Rev. Wayne Rutherford
LifePointe Church of the Nazarene