Why did Jesus connect Himself with these three words and how does it impact a life of faith?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through Me. (Joh 14:6)
Jesus said this to His followers the night before He was crucified. He was preparing them for the challenging days that were ahead of them.
- Jesus asserts that He is the Way which suggests that faith in Him is the open door to salvation and to eternal life. This is the truth that the Good News is based upon, and we need to share it with everyone. God has made the plan of salvation clear, and we have been given the honor of sharing His Gospel with everyone.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (Joh 10:9) This is the Lord saying that He is to Door to Salvation and Eternal Life. “Finding pasture” means that the Lord will supply all of our needs just as a shepherd cares for all of the needs of his sheep.
. . . that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (Joh 3:15) Believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior is the only road to God.
- Jesus says that He is the Life because He is also the author and source of all of life.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (Joh 1:1-4) Jesus is the Word made flesh and this verse is the foundation for that truth.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Joh 11:25-26) Jesus makes His claim clearly here that He is the resurrection and the life.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (Col 1:16) All forms of life were created by the Lord.
- No one would care about or remember Jesus’ claim to be the Way and the Life if He was not also, in reality, the Truth of God. Jesus’ actions and entire life demonstrate the love, mercy, forgiveness, and miracle-working power of the Father God. It is no wonder then, that Jesus prays the following prayer:
I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. (Joh 17:15-19, emphasis added)
Jesus prayed, “Your word is truth.” Jesus is known as the living Word of God. (John 1:1, 14)
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (Rev 19:13) This verse is referring to Jesus Christ and says that He is called The Word of God.
Jesus is the living Word of God and God’s Word is truth. Jesus was speaking the truth about Himself! Praise the Lord!