The Way. The Truth. The Life.
Jesus defined Himself – very clearly, very concretely in Chapter 14 of John. He made a declaration about who He is. The definite article “the” introduces each one of these realities about the Savior. There’s no wiggle room in these words that He spoke. The Son did not equivocate.
He is the one and only Way.
He is the one and only Truth.
He is the one and only Life.
And none can get to the Father except through Him. He said this about Himself.
There is only one road that leads to the Lord and His Presence. To come to God and His salvation, one must come to Christ. This sounds so exclusive because it is and is meant to be. By Him, and Him alone are we translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom the dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Peter delivered these words before a counsel of religious leaders in Acts 4:12.
Today, we live in a generation in which “truth” is described as a domain of the self, a personal thing that is as changeable and malleable as anyone needs it to be. To follow this line of thinking means that each of us can choose to fashion a belief system that suits him.
Jesus offered nothing of the sort. The opening lines of John 14 set the tone for this portion of this important talk with His disciples.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1).
Life for the disciples was about to become very different. Imagine the anxious atmosphere that had settled into their midst on the evening of the Last Supper. They were still somewhat in shock at having their feet washed by their Teacher and Leader. His service to them was to be their example.
He then announced that the traitor among them would present himself and betray Him to the authorities. This prompted agitation and concern.
“Who among us would do such a thing?” They wondered to each other.
The disciples’ minds were further blown by the news of His soon departure. He would be with them only little while longer. And He was going to a place where they could not come.
Here, these befuddled followers took offense and forcefully pledged their allegiance. They would never abandon Him, they boasted. Peter, ever bold in his pronouncements, stated: “I will lay down my life for You” (John 13:37). As if there wasn’t enough turbulence in the room, Jesus responded to Peter straight up with prediction that he was going to deny even knowing his Master – three times before the rooster would crow the next morning.
“Let not your hearts be troubled.” The Savior reiterated to all in the room.
How did they process such a statement? How could they not be troubled — what with all the talk about betrayal and denial and leaving?
Believe – that’s the answer, Jesus said. It’s the only answer.
Promises, Promises, Promises
I am quite sure that the majority of Jesus’ chosen men missed most of the profound things He told them next. Thankfully, John the Apostle managed to pay attention enough and later got everything down in writing for us.
Jesus promised them all places in the Father’s House; these very places He would go and prepare for them. Considering that the Savior had just washed their feet, imagining that He might design rooms in their mansions of glory should come as no stretch to us.
“I will come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). Yes, they would all be together again, He assured them, but their mission on earth was just about to start.
There was still much for them to do. They would do greater works by the power of the Spirit.What we find in John 14 is the disciples being brought into the full activity of God in of all of His Persons. Click To Tweet
What we find in John 14 is the disciples being brought into the full activity of God in of all of His Persons. God the Son reveals the reason behind His coming to them. He came to reveal the Father. Again, His instruction to the listeners there is a simple one: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me. …” (John 14:11).
Beyond this, Jesus delivered another astounding promise. He spoke to the disciples about a time soon to come when “you will know that in I am in the Father, and you in Me, and I in you” (John 14:20).
And the Person of God who will bring this all together in their hearts and minds would be the Holy Spirit. This Spirit of Truth, Jesus told them, will “abide with you forever for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:12-15).
Peace Like No Other Peace
God — Father and Son and Spirit – was to be moving and living in His people to do His works and reveal Him to the world that cannot see Him.
The results of this communion from Heaven come down to these things:
We now pray in the Name of the Son. We can ask what we will and He will answer to glorify the Father. We love as He loves us and thereby we keep His commandments. The Spirit teaches us and brings all things to our remembrance.
And we have peace – an extraordinary sense of His presence. “My peace I give to you, peace not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
This peace is the peace that passes human understanding. It is a peace that rests in the Word, in the statutes and precepts and testimonies given to us in the Scriptures.
There will be betrayals and denials, persecutions and trials for us. Circumstances may make us feel as if Jesus is so far away. We may grow weary in our well doing. World events may get so crazy that we will wonder why He is taking so long to return.
Believe, as Jesus said – just believe.
Believe the Way and the Truth. The Life He has given us is anchored by the Faith of the Son of God, the One who loves us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
“Let not your heart be troubled.”