The Sixth of the Seven I AMs

Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life.

No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

Many years ago, I decided to take a shortcut to drive from Tennessee to Iowa. The shortcut I took was through the bootheel of Missouri. Little did I know that I would regret it. Multiple times I drove in and out of the same two counties. I wished somebody could have been with me to show me the way.    

William Barclay says the Jews talked much about how men must walk and the ways of God. To Moses God said Walk in all the way that the Lord your God commanded you …(Deuteronomy 5:33). The Psalmist said Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path … (Psalm 27:11)

Jesus says I AM THE WAY.

He does not (solely) point the way; he is also the way.” (The Interpreter’s Bible). The disciples were amazed at his words. … Jesus (told them) … how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:24! In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction … (Matthew 7:13-14). The wide gate includes all religions of works and self-righteousness, with no single way (cf. Acts 4:12); but it leads to hell, not heaven. Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to (Luke 13:24, NIV). The Apostle Paul says, … by grace (unmerited favor) you have been saved, through faith – not by works … (Ephesians 2:8-9).  

Jesus said I AM THE TRUTH.

The Interpreter’s Bible saysJesus’ words I AM THE TRUTH are“The divine reality, the goal of all thought and effort.” The psalmist says Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth … (Psalm 86:11) Jesus not only gives us direction but He walks with us and guides us. Jesus is the revealer of the Father. Moral perfection finds its realization in Him.

Jesus said I AM THE LIFE.

Jesus is the life, “the real and living way” (Moffatt). Eternal life “means literally “life of the age to come” and refers, therefore, to resurrection and heavenly existence in perfect glory and holiness. This life for believers in the Lord Jesus is experienced before heaven is reached. This “eternal life” is, in essence, nothing less than participation in the eternal life of the Living Word, Jesus Christ. It is the life of God in every believer, yet not fully manifest until the resurrection. (Read Philippians 3: 20-21)

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-Thomas Kempis-

-All Scriptures passages are taken from the New International Version (NIV)-

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