From the Word
“I AM I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
God the Father is a mystery to many people, because He is the One behind the cloud. Luther called Him the “veiled majesty. Sinful man cannot behold His glory and live. How can we know such a One as this, let alone be in His presence?
In Jesus, He came into our presence, that He might bring us to God. He came to be “God with us” so that we could be with God. In this text He assures us about our relationship with God.
I Am I AM the Way
Yahweh came among us, not simply to show us the way, but to be the way to God. The way to God is not at all what natural man thinks it is. Natural man sees nature, works, meditation, spirituality, and so many other ways to God. But there is only one way to God. That way is the way of Gethsemane, Pilate’s hall, Calvary, the tomb, ascended to the right hand of the Father. He will return to complete the journey, body and soul. We seek to steer our fellow human beings away from the dead ends of this world to the Way.
I AM I AM the Truth
Today we are told that truth is relative, up to each person to determine on their own. This is humanist nonsense, intended by Satan to destroy us by destroying the truth. Jesus didn’t just tell the truth, He is the truth. The truth is found in God’s Word; God’s incarnate Word. The truth revealed in the Bible is Jesus, the truth. Forgiveness, daily grace, life in heaven, are all results of the truth.
I AM I AM the Life
Jesus is the Word that God spoke to bring life into the World (Genesis 1, John 1:1-18). When we caused death by sin, God promised Life would come to give us life. He has come “that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). Isaiah promised that the coming Messiah would swallow up death forever (Isaiah 25:7-8). Jesus has swallowed death on the cross and conquered death forever by His death and resurrection. Because of the life we have received from Him, we will be with God forever in heaven.
The mysterious God has come. Jesus has not only revealed the Father to us, but has opened the way for us to dwell in God’s house and presence forever. He did this, not by showing us the Way, the Truth, and the Life, but by being the Way, the Truth, and the Life.