The I Am Claims of Jesus, 2, Title: The Most Comprehensive Claim, Text: John 14:6

eries: The I Am Claims of Jesus, 2, Title: The Most Comprehensive Claim, Text:  John 14:6

INTRODUCTION

I am persuaded that this claim of Jesus covers everything. I am the Way the Truth and the Life. What more can be said? Think of life as a trip. That’s not too hard. What do you need? The answer is a path, principles and provisions. I have traveled to or through 49 states and once outside the country, and I never went without a map in the days before GPS, or some knowledge of the area I was visiting, that is, their customs, or provisions whether food or clothing. If you attempt the journey of life without Jesus  you will lack all of these things.

I THE PATH

First of all Jesus claims to be the way. He has already stated in this passage categorically that faith in Him is equal to faith in God, stating, “You believe in God believe also in Me.” Jesus is not only “a Way,” He is the only way. He plainly tells His disciples here that no one can come to the Father except through Him, and according to Psalm 36:9 God is the fountain of life. I am sure you are familiar with the existence of mirages. For exhausted travelers in the desert, a mirage may appear to be a lake of water in the distance. The mirage is located under the real object. The real object is any distant bluish object in that same direction. The mirage causes the observer to see a bright and bluish patch on the ground in the distance. Mirages are the result of the curvature of the earth and light refraction. I point out this phenomenon to remind us that there are many ideas, concepts and philosophies that are mirages. People follow them as the way and are disappointed. All theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though the philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is short-lived, and even mixed up with wicked and erroneous sentiments. My wife and I now travel with a GPS unit in our car. If we happen to enter an area that is familiar and we take a different route, the GPS keeps trying to direct us to its chosen path until it gives up and says over and over “recalculating.” And my wife who is driving says, “Can you shut that thing up?” Recalculation is not something you need on the way to eternal life, and if you follow Jesus you will be on the right path from start to finish. This path is Jesus and it is discovered in our relationship to Him through the Bible and the Holy Spirit, for Jesus tells us in John 16:13-15, But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” The Holy Spirit does this primarily through the Word, but also through our inclinations  and observations of God’s dealings.

II THE PRINCIPLES

Jesus is not only the way He is the truth. Truth is a very slippery subject in our present culture. This began some time ago but has come to full fruit in the 21st century. If you say Jesus is the Truth today you are likely to get the reply, “Whose truth?” In other words, it may be your truth but it is not theirs. This is why Francis Schaeffer used the term, “true truth.” Truth is objective and not relative. Os Guiness puts the blame for our present total relativism on postmodernism and social and cultural influences of pluralization and relativizing of world views. This has come down to the streets in the political correctness of our time. Guiness says, “Many of the recent criticisms of Christian belief are best met by emphasizing the truth of Christianity. Ultimately, however, truth is a matter of theology, not philosophy, for Christianity recognizes that Jesus is the Truth.” The impact of these ideas on society and the West is that if there is no truth, there are no inalienable human rights and no true freedom. In other words it is the destruction of our nation and the disruption of our lives. Daily, this affects us politically, and personally in facing life and its inevitable challenges. How can you live in a world you can not possibly understand? You can’t understand if you don’t trust in Jesus who is the truth. David says in Psalm 119:99, I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. Teachers of secular knowledge are wise in their special branches of learning, but not "wise unto salvation." Such "teachers" often have no spiritual knowledge or discernment. Let’s face the fact that no matter how many Ph.D’s a man has he is intellectually disabled unless he knows the truth, and the truth is Jesus.

III THE PROVISION

In Ephesians 6 Paul describes the armor of the Christian soldier. He writes in verses 13-18, Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints… John Bunyan in “Pilgrim’s Progress” takes up this theme for his pilgrim, “Christian.” Our current President is very concerned about properly equipping our armed forces. God is even more concerned about equipping us for the spiritual battles of life. Thus we read in “Pilgrim’s Progress,” that when Christian is leaving Palace Beautiful, they give him armor and weaponry to defend himself in case of attack. The group accompanies him to the bottom of the hill, where they give him some food. All this is possible only because the Lord is with him. You will recall that when Jesus sends His disciples out to evangelize in Matthew 28, He tells them to go into all the world and then He says, “And I am with you always even unto the end of the age. Some 40 years ago my wife and I were privileged to take a trip to Israel courtesy of our church. When we arrived, our group had an Arab Christian guide. You could have given us guidebooks and maps and devices but nothing could have helped like our guide. This is why Paul says at the climax of the Christian’s armor in Ephesians 6, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. We are protected and provided for because Jesus is with us and that is what is meant by saying He is the life. Yes we need the way and the truth, but they are useful only because we have the life, the very life of God in Jesus Christ who accompanies us.