This coming Sunday we will continue our Lenten Sermon series, I AM, centering on the “I Am” sayings of Jesus with “The Way, The Truth, and the Life.”
One of the things I think is most important about this particular “I am” saying of Jesus that we’ll be delving into this week is how prominently the words “truth and life” are featured throughout the Gospel of John. John wants to make sure we understand that Jesus embodies “The Way, the truth and the life,” and he also says in the very first chapter that while no one has seen God, Jesus makes God known to us. In other words, John is telling us that if we want to know what God is like, we need to look at Jesus. Jesus, as John describes him, is the way to know what the nature of God is.
Another we’ll be dealing with in this text is how this particular text has been misused, over time, to exclude people. It’s one of the texts that has been used in a way that is antisemitic: “No one comes to the Father except by me.” We’re going to take a closer look at that in the context of all the scriptures to discover what this text is really saying about the nature of Jesus — and why that is far from that misrepresentation.
And when you back up a few verses from this passage, you find another layer to this “I Am” saying of Jesus that seems especially relevant in this time. Jesus is preparing his Disciples for what is to come, and he says to them, “Let not your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” And then he says, “Trust in God, and trust also in me.”
What important words these are for us to hear, in this time. I hope you’ll join us online this Sunday in our Sanctuary service where we consider together what it really means to “let not our hearts be troubled” — and how knowing that Jesus is indeed the Way, the Truth, and the Life can make such a difference to us — and our faith — as we face this difficult time in our world — together.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
John 14:1-7 Common English Bible (CEB)
The way, the truth, and the life
“Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to be with me so that where I am you will be too. You know the way to the place I’m going.”
Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have really known me, you will also know the Father. From now on you know him and have seen him.”