The “I Am” Series: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Question

The sixth “I am” statement recorded in John is in chapter 14. Jesus and His disciples are in the upper room the night before the cross, and Jesus tells them in verse 6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This is context of the Farewell Discourse that began in chapter 13.[1] This statement is an answer to the question asked by Thomas in verse 5 (“Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”).[2] When Jesus said that He is “the way” looks back to John 10:9 where He says “I am the door;” meaning that there is only a single way to the Father.[3] This shows us the significance of his dying for sinners; He brings us to the Father.[4] “I am the truth” shows more than a piece of teaching but reveal that Jesus is truth embodied.[5] In saying “I am the life,” Jesus is alone whose life is unique, self-existent life of the Father.[6] All truth is God’s truth, as all life is God’s life; but God’s truth and God’s life are incarnate in Jesus.[7]

 

[1] Gary M. Burge, The NIV Application Commentary of John. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000), 389.

[2] Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), 141.

[3] Leon Morris, Jesus is the Christ: Studies in the Theology of John. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989), 118.

[4] Ibid, 119.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Gary M. Burge, The NIV Application Commentary of John. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000), 392.

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