The Way to the Father

Scripture: Joh 14:6, ‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”’

 

Observations: Jesus has just told his disciples that they know the way to his Father’s house, but they don’t understand and Thomas asks ‘we don’t know where you are going so how can we know the way? (v5)’ And so Jesus says, ‘I am the way.’ This is his main point in this verse: Jesus is the way to the Father, in fact he says, ‘No one can come to the Father except through me.’ In this sense Jesus is the gate into heaven (10:9). Secondly, Jesus mentions that he is ‘the truth.’ What that means is that he reveals the way to God. The way to the Father is by believing what Jesus says and what Jesus does. The way to the Father is through faith in Jesus Christ His Son. Thirdly, Jesus says he is ‘the life.’ It’s only through faith in Jesus Christ that we receive eternal life, apart from him there is no life. Faith in Jesus and his death on the cross is the only way a person can be reconciled with God. Jesus is the only way to the Father, he is the only truth we need to know, he is the only source of life.

 

Application: Firstly, do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe that he is the only way to the Father? Do you believe that he is the only way to receive eternal life? Secondly, if you believe Jesus is the only way are you telling other people? Are you always conscious that the only way your family members, your friends, and your neighbours can be reconciled with God and receive eternal life, is through faith in Jesus Christ? Jesus’ message to us is that he is the way and the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through him, and our message is exactly the same.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You sent Your One and Only Son into our world that he might die the death our sins deserved, so that through faith in him we would be forgiven, reconciled with you, and receive eternal life. Jesus is my only hope, in fact, he is the only hope for the world. Lord, help me to trust in him alone, and help me to share the Good News with others. Forgive me for my lack of boldness in sharing the gospel. Lord, may You build Your kingdom as You grow Your church, and may You use me in that process. In Jesus’ name and for His glory I pray. Amen.

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