This is the one passage that provides such a stumbling block to so many people in the world today. Many people simply refuse to believe it because the implications of what Jesus said are so deep, and they are simply not willing to accept them.
What did Jesus say?
He had just told the disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them and that they knew the way to where he was going.
Thomas, who had no idea what he was talking about, then asked the obvious question.
Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? (John 14:5)
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jesus didn’t say, “I will show you the way to the Father.” He didn’t say, “I’ll show you the things you need to do to get to the Father.” He said, “I AM the way to the Father.” If you want to go to heaven and see the Father, you need to go through me.
That’s an amazing statement. But let’s put it this way. If you want to see the President of the United States, you can’t just walk into the White House and into the Oval Office. Assuming you have an invitation, someone will meet you at the door and escort you in. Without that escort, there’s no way you’re getting in to see the President. That escort is your path to the President.
Well, Jesus is much more than an escort. He is God’s Son. And it is only because he paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross that we now can have access to the Father. He takes us in before the Father and he intercedes for us as our high priest. (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 10:19-22). But without his sacrifice on the cross, and without him by our side, there is no way we’re ever going to heaven, no less see the Father.
Jesus also told Thomas, “I am the truth.”
Many people are looking for truth. Others are convinced that truth really does not exist, particularly when it comes to spiritual matters. But Jesus says, “I am truth. My words are truth. Truth is not relative. All that I say is absolute truth. And you will never find truth apart from me.”
More, Jesus said, “I am the life.”
So many people seek for the meaning of life. They’re seeking a life that matters. They’re seeking a life that’s worthwhile. And ultimately, they seek life beyond the grave.
To that, Jesus says, “I am life. Do you want the meaning of life? It’s found in me.
“Do you want a life that matters? A life worth living? You can try finding life in money, possessions, power, marriage, children, sex, or a thousand different things. But you will not find life in any of these things. Ultimately, these things will leave you empty. I’m the only one that makes life worth living.
“And if you want life beyond the grave, you won’t find it in Buddha, or Muhammad, or any other religious leader. Only in me can your sins be forgiven, and you can find eternal life.”
But like I said, people don’t want to accept this. The implications are too deep. It means casting aside the things they value most highly. It means that they can no longer simply live as they want to. And so they say Jesus was a liar. Or misguided. Or misquoted.
But if you want to find true life, you can only find it in Jesus. Truth is absolute and it is found in him. And if you’re ever going to see heaven and meet the Father, you can only do so with Jesus by your side.
I can’t make you believe that. You need to find that out for yourself. And you will, one way or another. So as Isaiah urged the Israelites, I urge you now.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isaiah 55:6-7)