John 14:1-6 - “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
I. I AM the way.
A. Jesus is the only Savior from the slavery to sin and death.
• There is a great chasm between you and home, between you and rest, between you and soul-level communion with your Creator. The great chasm that robs you from home is sin and death
• Jesus is the way home. He bridges the chasm.
B. This is God’s house
• Not his hotel. His children live with him in his house.
• It is very spacious so that he never runs out of room.
• There is a room designed for everyone who believes.
• Don’t be troubled, but trust me I go to prepare a place for you. And as I go, I become the way that you get there.
• I am the truth that you hold onto to get there. And I am the life — the eternal life that you will enjoy when you get there.
"I go to prepare a place for you," is not a reference to some glittery mansion for you in glory. It’s about getting you where you are supposed to be. It's about getting you home. "I am the way." But he doesn't just stop there.
II. I am the truth
A. Jesus is the truth.
• Jesus is the way to God because he is the truth of God. He embodies the supreme revelation of God.
Colossians 1: 15,19 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation... 19 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
• He says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus.
• What you see in Jesus is a unexplained compassion, mercy, and grace.
B. The truth about God is not judgment; it's mercy!
• Jesus with the woman at the well. He ministers to and encourages and speaks life into.
• The woman is caught in adultery. How does he respond? I don’t condemn you. Go and sin no more.
Isaiah 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
• Man-made righteousness of any kind is no righteousness at all. This is what the prophet Isaiah means when he says all of our righteous deeds are but filthy rags. It cannot get you home. It can't bridge the chasm.
• The only standard of righteousness we have that is acceptable to God is the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
• That is Good news! Jesus, in his life, death, and resurrection, imputes that righteousness to those who would repent of their sins and believe upon his name.
Scriptures on the doctrine of imputation
Philippians 3:9 - And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Isaiah 53:11 - He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Galatians 2:16 - Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
1 Peter 2:24 - Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Romans 1:17 - For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 4:3 - For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Romans 3:22 - Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Jeremiah 23:6 - In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Romans 8:1-4 - [There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Read More...)
1 Corinthians 1:30 - But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
• That means that the perfection of Christ is granted to me so that when God sees me in Christ, he sees the perfect obedience of Christ.
When Jesus says, "I am the truth," he's saying, "I'm the truth to get you home. I'm the righteousness to get you home. I am the way. I am the truth." Then, he follows that up with, "I am the life."
III. Jesus is the life.
A. Jesus is saying here that the deliverance he's bringing is not political or social but is physical and spiritual life.
• He has filled us with the Holy Spirit of God and uses us as heralds of this good news that there is a way home, that there is truth to be known, and that there is real life, and it's this way.
Ephesians 3:10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
• When Jesus says, "I am the life," he's talking about this space between. The journey we are on.
• In the text above verse 6, he's talking about, "I'm going to come back and get you, and I'm going to get you."
• Now, he's saying, "In the space between, while you're still here, I am the life."
B. The physical/spiritual way.
• Studies come out. "We've just learned that taking one day off a week and really resting and unplugging is really good for the human condition." Huh. I've read that somewhere.
• See the physical and the spiritual are completely interrelated. As a matter of fact, you never hear Jesus, Jews, or first century Christians talk about "Spiritual life." It's just life!
• All of the “thou shalt nots and thou shalts’” are followed up by a so you can...In Psalm 16, the psalmist said, "The boundaries have fallen for us in pleasant places." Here's what the psalmist was getting at. The law of God leads us into safe places.
• When God says, "This way. Do this. Don't do this." He's not trying to take anything from you He's trying to lead you into life as he designed it to be.
VI. I am the only way.
John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
A. Moralistic Deism
• The world's major religions are all built on the antithesis of what the Christian religion is built out of.
• At the center of most of the world's religions is what is called moralistic deism. Be good enough to be accepted by this God. Here is the list of things that if I do these things, this God will accept me.
• That's Islam. That's Judaism. "If you'll just do these things, then God will accept you in."
• I am smart enough, and I love you enough to say you're terrible at being good. You just are.
• I get to rest when Jesus pays my bill, and I don't owe. If you think that means we don't strive for holiness, you're not hearing that right.
• The Spirit of God, when he invades this space, begins to compel us toward obedience.
B. Radical individualism
• I'm not against individualism. In fact, it finds its roots (you can dig around in this) in a Christian understanding of the world.
• But individualism, left unchecked by the truth of God's Word, turns absurd. Individualism is to prioritize the desires of self over all else, including reality.
• Individualism is, "Nobody tells me. I am the way. I am the truth. I am the life. I'll decide what's right for me."
"Events have occurred that so weakened our commitment to larger entities, things like God, as to leave us almost naked before the ordinary assaults of life. Where can one now turn for identity, for purpose, and for hope? When we need spiritual furniture, we look around and see that all of the comfortable leather sofas and stuffed chairs have been removed, and all that is left to sit on is a small, frail, folding chair, the self." Martin Seligman.
• You take God out of the equation. You take the spiritual life out of the equation, and we no longer have the capacity to define our realities. The reality is you can't get yourself home.
Summary: When Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by me," this is not a pronouncement of judgment on over half of the world. This is an invitation to half of the world to come home. Think about it. If you're stuck in this, I have to earn. I have to make it right. I have to work my way there, and Jesus says, "No, no, no. That's not the way. This is the way," that's not judgment. That's an invitation home.
"Follow thou me. I am the way, the truth, and the life. Without the way, there is no going. Without the truth, there is no knowing. Without the life, there is no living. I am the way which thou must follow, the truth which thou must believe, the life for which thou must hope. I am the inviolable way, the infallible truth, the never-ending life. I am the straightest way, the sovereign truth, life true, life blessed, life uncreated."
Thomas à Kempis