What does it mean, “I am the way the truth and the life”?


By BibleAsk Team

“I Am the Way the Truth and the Life”

The phrase “I am the way and the truth and the life” is one of the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus (John 6:35, 48, 51; 8:12; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). After the Last Supper and before the crucifixion, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled… In my Father’s house are many rooms… I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go … I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Then,  Thomas said to him, “where you are going. How can we know the way?”  (verse 5). Then, Jesus said these famous words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (verse 6).

Jesus declared His deity to the world, “Truly, truly I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). The term “I am” is a title for God (Exodus 3:14). And the Jews understood that Jesus was equating Himself with God because they took up stones to stone Him for blaspheming (verse 59).

By His humanity, Christ touches this earth, and by His divinity He touches heaven. He is the ladder connecting earth and heaven (John 1:51). Because of His incarnation and death “a new and living way” has been consecrated for us (Hebrews 10:20). There is no other means of salvation (Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5). Christ is the only way through whom we must seek redemption (John 14:6; 17:3; John 14:5–6; Romans 5:1–2).

The Bible states, “Your law is the truth” (Psalm 119:142). Jesus magnified the law of God in His life. And He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17). In the Sermon on the Mount, He explained the law and its true meaning. And taught that anyone who would annul it would “in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20). By fulfilling the law Christ simply “filled” it “full” of meaning—by giving men an example of perfect obedience to the will of God, in order that the same law “might be fulfilled in us” (Romans 8:3, 4).

God is the source of all life in the universe. Thus, what is true of the Father is also true of the Son, for in Christ is life, original, unborrowed, and underived. And He assured His followers, “because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19) both spiritually and physically (John 6:57). Jesus declared, “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:26), that is the second death, which is after the day of resurrection.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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