I Am Day 5: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6, ESV)
Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38, ESV)
Truth seems like it should be such an objective matter, yet in our “modern” world, truth seems to have taken on a much more subjective meaning. Just look at the different news networks that run around the clock. CNN calls itself “the most trusted name in news” and “facts first,” while Fox News describes itself as “fair and balanced.” However, when you turn on each station, you seem to get two completely different interpretations of the same reality. This leaves many people wondering what the truth is.
The search for truth dates back to the beginning of time. In Genesis 3:1, in the Garden of Eden, the serpent asked Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” He was asking Eve to question the words of God. Even thousands of years later, Pilate, as he is questioning the Lord Jesus, gets frustrated and asks, “What is truth?” Even in our current day, we are in a constant search for the truth. Mankind has been yearning for thousands of years to find truth, but has been searching in all the wrong places. There certainly are truths out there, but there is only one source of absolute truth: the Word of God.
In John 14 we see the Lord Jesus interacting with His disciples. He was preparing them for His soon-coming death, resurrection, and ascension, as He did throughout His earthly ministry. He wanted to comfort them with His words (vs. 1) because, although He was leaving, it was to go and prepare a place for them (vs. 3). After the Lord Jesus told them that they knew the way to where He was going (vs. 4), He was asked by Thomas how they could know the way (vs. 5). Jesus responded with one of my favorite verses to use in a Gospel message in verse 6, in speaking of Himself, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It was not that He had truth or that He knew where to find the truth, but that He WAS the truth; and not only was He the truth, but He was the way and the life. No one could truly speak those words other than the Son of God.
As we continue to seek out truthful sources and accurate facts in our information-filled world, we can find comfort in the fact that we follow the One who can never lead us astray. If you are seeking a Savior today, put your trust in the One who is called “the way, the truth, and the life.” There are, no doubt, many people who will tell you of their way to Heaven or their truth they believe in, but the Lord Jesus makes it clear in John 14 that He is the only way, the only truth, and the only One who can lead to eternal life.
Those of us who are saved can rest in the fact that our eternity is secure in Him. Even though it may be a daily struggle to filter through all the information thrown at us, we know that anything that contradicts Scripture is false. It should be our goal, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to understand and apply the truths of the Word of God to our lives. It would be my prayer that we continue to read through the Scriptures, prayerfully consider them, apply them to our daily walk, and live our lives in a way that is well-pleasing to Him.