The Way

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”   

Jesus made 7 I AM statements.  One of these was ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’  These metaphorical statements are all found in the Gospel of John.  Jesus used this particular moment to comfort his disciples.  Thomas had questioned, ‘how can we know the way, when we don’t know where we are going?’  Jesus responded with 3 metaphoric statements, which address the anxieties of the human heart. 

The disciples had placed their trust in Jesus and their hopes were in Him as their messiah, the promised deliverer, yet they still couldn’t see how this was going to accomplished.  Jesus had told them that He would be with them only a little longer and yet they could not see the end to their troubles.  Jesus had told them that where He was going, they would not be able to follow.  Jesus defined himself as ‘the way’ or ‘the only way’.  A way is a path or route.  The disciples were concerned that they didn’t know where they were going.  Jesus had begun their journeys with each asking them to follow.  Here in this metaphor we can see that salvation is found in no other route or path.  Jesus is the way back to the Father.  When we follow Him, we are following The Way which leads us homeward to eternal life in heaven.