If you travelled the country and asked random people, “who said ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’?” you would probably get the correct answer from all kinds of people. Christians…Agnostics…Muslims…Hindus….Mormons and even Atheists. Jesus is a renown teacher who’s words reach far beyond our Christian circles.
I’m certain that along with finding people who are familiar with many of Jesus’s words, you’d also hear many people have only heard this teaching in the context of “if you want to get to Heaven, you can only get there through a personal relationship with Jesus.”…”Otherwise, you’re wrong, lost and hell bound!”.
Do I believe that it’s only through Jesus that we have eternal life with the Father? Yes! But is this the only way in which we should understand Jesus’s famous words found in John 14? No!
The reason I know this? Look at the audience to whom Jesus is saying “I am the way, the truth and the life…”. The disciples. His already committed followers. Should Jesus’s words be understood in both a ‘today’ and ‘eternity’ context? I think so.
Jesus isn’t just our one way ticket to Heaven; he’s our way, truth and life in everything we are and do today. The big question is…how can we fully realize his way, his truth and his life for our everyday kind of living?
I hope you’ll join us this Sunday as we seek to find out!
Grace and Peace.