“I am the way, the truth, and the life” – Vicar’s weekly thought

“I am the way, the truth, and the life”

‘The New Testament does not say, “You shall know the rules, and by them you shall be bound”, but “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” ‘[1] .

Truth is under threat today. Post-modern culture is suspicious of claims to absolute truth. Just look at some recent elections and how Fake News is rife. Truth is what feels right to me – truth is what I make it! Subjective approaches to truth are not new, however. In Jesus’ day, religious leaders read Scripture diligently for truth yet rejected Jesus outright. To their minds a blasphemous Sabbath-breaker could not possibly be the Son of God. Truth was what they made it. Ironically, they were more likely to accept self-styled messiahs who fitted in with their thinking.

This week we are looking at Jesus’ Claim “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”[2] To many that is not only a bold statement but one which ignores all other options. Jesus goes on to say that He and God are one, another very bold statement. Both are at the centre of Christian belief, One God Father, Son and Spirit. Not three gods or multiple gods of which Jesus is one, but only one God which Jesus is. Jesus is God come down as man to show us God, how He thinks, how He acts and what His nature is.” Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!”[3] If this is true then we have to respond to it in some way. How do you respond to this statement from Jesus?

[1] John Baillie, in Living Quotations for Christians, Hodder, 1974  [2] John 14.6  [3] John 14.9b

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