Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
As we’ve seen this week, the old covenant was largely a mystery to those who were unable to personally enter the Most Holy Place. God’s people remained at arm’s length from Him. This was not a permanent condition, however. Though God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts, He has revealed Himself to us in a manner and way that we can understand. God’s revelation of Himself is Jesus.
Thomas asked Jesus to show him the way to the Father. “I am the way,” is the central claim of this verse. Under the old covenant a priest was allowed to enter the presence of God once a year. Jesus fulfilled the Levitical Law and sacrificial system in His person. In Him alone, the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Col. 2:9). Anyone seeking the way to God has no need to look any further than Jesus. Follow Him, and He will show you the way.
John 14:6 makes an exclusive claim to truth. All of Jesus’ claims in this verse are preceded by the definite article. He is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus’ answer did not leave any room for questions about His identity. The last part of this verse makes that abundantly clear: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” Though we live in a pluralistic society that teaches there are multiple ways and paths to truth, the Bible speaks against this. It is the testimony of Scripture that Jesus is both the Son of God, and the only way to God. In Christ alone are truth and life found.
• How would the truths in John 14:6 have encouraged Jews who lived under the old covenant?
• What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is the Way? Truth? Life?
• Thank God for coming down to your level in the person of Jesus Christ. Confess that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and ask Him to help you worship and follow Him in the manner He deserves.