I Am the Way

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John 14:5-14

In essence, this is Jesus‟ “final briefing” to His disciples. Judas is gone, they were shaken by his betrayal and Jesus opened this chapter with words of comfort, followed by Him telling them that He was about to die. They didn’t understand the last part of His “going away” and thus we open with Thomas asking about this point.

5-7: Here is Thomas’ fateful question, and Jesus’ classic reply: “I am the way the truth and the life” Jesus follows this by adding that if you “knew me you would know the Father”, and then says something we often overlook: “From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” He tells them this because of the fact that Father and Son are One. Note also that Jesus tells them again that He Himself is the way to the Father. Like last week, this puts everyone on notice that there is no alternate way to salvation: It is Jesus and Jesus only.

8-11: Phillip is the one who goes down in history for this classic in which he says that Jesus should go ahead and show them the Father, and that will be good enough! Jesus, ever patient tells them that if they have seen Jesus, they have also seen the Father. The message is that they are the same. If nothing else, they should believe this because He has performed in front of them the miracles to prove it.

12-14: Here we have the transition: “I tell you the truth” that takes us into a different discussion. Jesus leaves the matter of who He really is and the evidence to support it and goes into the new age that is about to dawn. He tells them that in this new age, He will do anything they ask in His name so that the Father will be glorified. Note that this is to glorify the Father and not to glorify the disciples.

We really can’t leave this section without noting the discussion that follows. Jesus goes on to tell them about the coming of the Holy Spirit, and about how they will be blessed if they obey His commands. Notice that asking for things in His name, the Holy Spirit and obedience are all linked together. Jesus was not telling them that if they say the magic words, “In Jesus’ name” will get them everything they want in life. Instead He is telling them that if they walk with Him, obey His commands and work to glorify God, then He will bless them and aid them in doing His work. One could make a case for an implied covenant here.

Along those lines, consider the things that He has commanded for us to do. In chapter 13 it was to love one another. In chapter 14 He instructed them to obey His commands, and in chapter 15 He commanded them to bear much fruit. In Matthew 28 He gave the Great Commission to the church. What are you doing this week to obey Him?

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to I Am the Way

  1. People Empowerment Project says:

    Poignant facts that demand an inward response and outward change for me. Hope I grasp it better with time. These ideas show that He isn’t as random in His ways as we often are.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Isn’t that the truth!!

      • People Empowerment Project says:

        Yes, and for this we are exceptionally thankful that He is the same. Even as far back in “time” as when He was in the garden and asked, Adam, where are you? Even more recently when He asked, “Father? Where are you?” from the cross. Then there were the other gardens. On the night he was betrayed and on the day he arose. May He be faithful to His promise, especially in this hard hour, to remember that truth that I believe applies more to His body than it did to Israel. “I know the plans I have for you. Plans for HOPE and a future.” All caps mine. I call it Helping Other People Endure life, just as He did in every way.

  2. dawnlizjones says:

    “Note that this is to glorify the Father and not to glorify the disciples.” Let’s put this on a billboard.

  3. Andy Oldham says:

    Excellent Don! We do have tendencies to forget these words and promises.

  4. pipermac5 says:

    Those who are still trying to build their own “bridge to God” through their religious-pursuits need to put them aside and understand that Christ has already built the only “bridge to God” that will ever work. Christ IS the only “bridge to God” we will ever need.

    Blessings!

  5. “Bless them and aid them in doing HIS work”…how often are we trying to actually do His work and not our own?

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