not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my
Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am
going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
know the way to the place where I am going."
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where
you are going, so how can we know the way?"
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really
knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and
have seen him."
HIS MOST CONTROVERSIAL WORDS?
the things Scripture records that Jesus said, today’s passage contains perhaps
his most controversial words of all.
They are especially controversial in our culture today.
those words? Read them
answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.”
makes them so controversial is the sheer exclusiveness of his words. Jesus didn’t claim to be a way, he
claimed to be THE way. He didn’t
offer a truth, he said he was THE truth.
He didn’t say he was a life, he had the audacity to say he was THE
life. He tops it all off by saying
that “no one comes to the Father except through me.”
highly relativistic culture, those are fightin’ words! How can anyone claim to be the only
way, the only truth, the only life?
Are there not many paths to God?
Are not all ways equally true and valid? Isn’t eternal life available through many different avenues?
plainly states “no.”
need to wrestle with these words.
What kind of a man makes these kinds of outrageous statements about
himself? The man is either a
raving lunatic or a liar and fraud.
Or there is one more option:
he is exactly who he claims to be… the way, the truth, and the
The earliest Christian creed is found in the New Testament: “Jesus is Lord.” When they said that it was a bold
declaration of faith. The Christians
didn’t say that Jesus was a great man or a fine teacher or a tremendous
prophet. They didn’t even say that
he was a lord. No they said,
“Jesus is Lord.”
that, they were saying that all others who claimed to be God or gods were
false. Only Jesus is Lord. (Lord is the name for God
himself!) It is a claim to
exclusive deity. Jesus is
Lord. No one else.
believe that with all your heart?
Have you come to believe that all other ways, though they may contain
noble truths and commendable ethics, are ultimately false? That there is no other way to God but
Jesus? Do you believe what Jesus
am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except