Claims of Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life
These last two claims or "I am" statements of Jesus have always captured my attention. Pulling my attention deeper into scripture. The first time I read John 11:25, I was in awe for lack of a better way to describe it. The fact that Jesus said I am the resurrection and life, and all we have to do to receive this life is believe in Him. When we do, even when our bodies are dead and gone we are still alive with Christ.
This thought brings us to the sixth I am statement of Jesus, in John 11:25. Then Jesus said I am the Resurrection and the life. Though we face death, Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life. In the New Testament we find a dear friend of Jesus that has passed away. Jesus is deeply saddened by this, when he arrives at the tomb of Lazarus he calls to his friend in the tomb and says come out, then out walks Lazarus. All who were present were amazed and asked him how could this happen, then Jesus replied to them I am the Resurrection and the life.
" Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying." - John 11:25
The seventh and final "I am" statement of Jesus found in John 14:6 says- I am the way, the truth and the life. There is only one way to get to the Father in Heaven and that is through Jesus Christ the one and only son of God. Jesus is one with God and God is the ultimate way, the physical embodiment of truth and the source of all life.
"Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." - John 14:6
Jesus will forever be the one and only son of God, the way, truth and the ultimate way to everlasting life. The seven I am statements of Jesus shed some light on the truth of the claims of Jesus. When I was in second grade, I was in a Christian Academy and we had to memorize a new passage of scripture every week. John 14:1-6 was the first passage we learned, to this day fifteen years later I still have the passage memorized. I love how the passage begins in verse 1, Jesus tells us "do not let your hearts be troubled, if you believe in God believe in me too. He goes on to talk about how in heaven there are many mansions and rooms for all of us, He tells us He is going to prepare a place for us, so that when He returns He will be able to take us with Him.
The seventh "I am" statement of Jesus comes as a response to Thomas. After hearing everything Jesus had said, Thomas is doubtful and asks, "but Lord, we don't know where you're going. So, how can we know the way to get there?" That's when we see the above statement. "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". I love that even when we doubt, Jesus still answers and reminds us that He longs for a relationship with us. It reminds me of the song Waymaker, it says "even when I don't see it you're working". Isn't that just like Jesus! We can't always see what's going on behind the scenes, but we can trust that our God is working.
All of these "I am" statements of Jesus continually point to the whole point of these posts - Jesus is the Son of God. Knowing who our God is so important. Having a relationship with Him and understanding that His love for each of you is everlasting is a concept I pray you never forget.
Much Love friends,