The way maker
August 12, 2017
Jesus said in John 14:6. "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through Me." This short verse has more astonishing spiritual revelations than almost any other single verse in the New Testament. It not only articulates but gives specific answers to the most unsettling questions human minds have wrestled with since the beginning of time. How is life best lived? Is there absolute truth? Is it possible to know God personally? And: can mortals achieve everlasting life?
There's no end of opinions about the meaning and purpose of human life and what components are essential in achieving the highest possible degree of happiness and satisfaction. With seemingly no unanimously accepted authority, most people blindly stumble through life with neither direction or purpose. Two verses in God's Word speaks specifically to our human confusion. Prov 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." And, in Jer 10:23 we read, "It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." And thus Jesus plainly declares, "I am the way" "Follow Me"
Jesus also states in this verse, "I am the Truth". Not only do these words oppose the popular notion that there is no such thing as absolute truth, He is claiming to be the personification of absolute truth embodied in human form. What an incredible proposition.
He goes on to say, "I am the life". Of course, Jesus is speaking not only of one mortal human life but also of immortal and eternal life which was the major theme of His ministry. "-Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." (John 11:26) What he is saying is that God is not only the sole source of life but that He has absolute and supreme authority over both life and death.
The most important part of the verse is in the closing sentence. "No man comes to the Father except through me." In effect, the Lord is here affirming that it is possible for people to know God personally by coming into His very presence. Many who think there are many paths that lead to God are shocked and offended that, according to Christ's words, there is only one way to have an audience with God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ. Instead of being offended we should be ecstatic to know for certain that it is possible to come to God, to be welcomed and accepted in His presence, and to know Him in personal relationship. Moreover, we have been shown the simple and certain pathway to do so.
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There is more than enough solid evidence to make the astonishing truths of this verse believable. In addition to countless amazing miracles, Jesus died, was buried, and was sealed in a tomb. But, on the third day He rose again to life and 40 days later ascended to heaven. All these things were witnessed and carefully recorded by hundreds of credible eyewitnesses.
Pastor Gene Holman of Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association