Week #1: “I AM the Way, Truth and Life” – John 14:6
Question: How is this “I Am” good news for you?
“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” is a scripture verse heard quite often and in many different situations. It quickly becomes one of the first verses learned as a child and because of its natural rhythm becomes easy to not only memorize but mindlessly recite at the drop of a hat for years to come.
Unfortunately, this “muscle memory” prevents people from being forced to think about what the text truly says AND MEANS. What does it mean when Jesus tells his disciples that he is the way, truth, and life? Why does it matter?
When God brought his one and only son Jesus Christ into the world, Jesus became the bridge between God and the people on Earth. Jesus lived among the people but was still one with God. When someone saw Jesus, they saw the Father. When Jesus spoke, the words were not his own, but of the Father “living in me, who is doing His work.”
Most importantly, when Jesus was persecuted by strangers, by his friends, by us – when he hung on two pieces of wood nailed together and breathed his last breath, a beautiful pathway opened.
Jesus Christ, died on the cross to become the way of salvation for us sinners. He died on the cross so that our sins: lying, stealing, desiring that $500 suit, and hoping something happens so you can win the house from the other couple bidding against you, is forgiven. UNCONDITIONALLY.
Jesus Christ’s Word becomes flesh among us. His Word is truth to us. The truth in Jesus Christ’s death is our salvation, and thus our life. This promise is great news for us sinners. We can now live our life knowing that each mistake we make is forgiven because of Jesus’ death on the cross.
Jesus Christ told his disciples that “no one comes to the Father except through me.” It was through Christ dying on the cross for the forgiveness of all our sins that death does not have the final say over us. We are able to live life knowing that when we die, the tomb is only a layover on our way to heaven, where we will live eternally with our Father, Jesus Christ.
Dear Jesus, thank you for this day and thank you for everything you have blessed us with. Even though it’s hard to say it, thank you for the struggles we go through on a daily basis. Lord, please be with our families and please be with me. Please continue working through me Lord so that I may become a light to other people, the way Jesus was a light for you. I love you Lord so, so much. In your name I pray, Amen.