Jesus is everything.
He is everything we need.
That is the summary of something Jesus says to one of His disciples in the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John. To understand what is said there, we have got to back up a little. The chapter begins with Jesus telling His disciples that He would soon be leaving them. He tells them not to be troubled and assures them that they would eventually be with Him. He says that He is going to prepare a place for them to be with Him forever. Then He says, “And where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:4 NKJV). Now, what Jesus meant by that was simply, “I am going into heaven and the way you will go into heaven is the same way everyone does, through physical death.”
Thomas, no doubt speaking for the rest of the guys, does not understand. None of them did. They do not understand that Jesus came to die, they cannot comprehend that He would rise from the dead, and they never expected Him to leave by ascending into Heaven. It is safe to say that they have no idea what He is talking about here. This is why, when Jesus finishes speaking, Thomas immediately pipes up and says “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5 NKJV). The long and short of what Thomas said, “Jesus, we have no idea where you are going and we do not know how to get there either!” They were all thinking it, Thomas just said it.
It is to this confusion and question that Jesus says one of the most potent things that has ever been said. In verse 6 we read, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 NKJV). Volumes have been written on this single verse, but we will do our best to summarize our Lord’s words here.
First, He says, “I am the Way.” These are words that mean, “I am the way for or to everything.” So simple, but so rich. In this Jesus is saying, “I am the way a person is saved. I am the way a person is happy. I am the way a person gets through difficulty. I am the way a person makes the right decisions. I am the way a person makes the most of their lives. I am the way a marriage is healed. I am the way a relationship is restored. I am the way sin is overcome. I am the way to know God.” Jesus is the way to every good thing. Practically speaking, this means that Jesus and His words are like north on a compass. We check our direction based on everything He has done and said. If we are off, we must adjust back to Him and His ways to get back on course.
Next, He says, I am “the Truth.” Again, words which mean, “I am the way you know what is true in life.” In this crazy world that is so full of deception, half-truths, and outright lies, it is hard to know what is really true. Yet, Jesus is always true. What He says is always true. His Word is the definition of truth. Practically, this means that we look at what He has said about any given subject and we can be sure that He is the truth concerning that thing. To use the previous illustration, it means that we actually have a “north” on the compass of life to compare everything to. Just try to imagine what life would be like if there was no absolute truth at all and you will begin to see how important these words are from our Lord Jesus.
Lastly, Jesus says, I am “the Life.” These words mean, “I am the way that a person truly lives here and the way that a person lives forever.” How do we avoid wasting our earthly lives? It is through being in a relationship with the One who made us. We find purpose, meaning, and fulfillment as we carry out His will and purposes for our lives. Life becomes beautiful as we walk with our Lord doing what He wants us to do. In this way, we become people who are truly fulfilled.
It is not just physical and earthly life that Jesus refers to here. He is also referring to the eternity that is to come for every person. As people, we have been created in the image of God and as such we are eternal beings. This means that we will exist forever. There will never be a point when you and I cease to exist! The Bible tells us that we will exist in only one of two ways. We will be either eternally dead and separated from God in Hell or eternally alive in Heaven with Him. Here, Jesus makes it clear that He is the way that a person can live forever in Heaven with the Lord. It is received through the confession of our sins, in repentance to God, and the receiving Him as Lord of our lives. It is through Jesus and His work that a person lives forever. This is why the passage goes on to say, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It is through Jesus that we not only come to the Father but live forever with the Lord.
Where are you at today? Would you say with Thomas, “We do not know how to get there?” Or, have you found that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life?” Have you come to see that He is everything?