Final tri-fold metaphor: The way, the truth, the life

John 14--6

The Verse of the Day for December 8, 2015 provides another metaphor used by Jesus involving three different aspects of the Son of God, as revealed in John 14:6 (AMP):

Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

As the author of an article “Who is Jesus? Seven facets of his life,” I discuss the seven metaphors found in John from which the following comments are taken:

In the opening verse of John 14 the disciples find themselves in a state of shock upon hearing Jesus saying that he is going away and that they could not follow him to place where he is going. They were troubled because Jesus was talking about His death. They were agitated like water in a pot on a hot stove. Jesus told them that He is preparing a place in heaven. He is the means of bringing them to heaven to be with His Father. He is going ahead of them and will prepare a place for them and that he will return again.

Thomas, one of the disciples, asked,” “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” In responding to Thomas, Jesus uses another metaphor with three features: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

The way refers to a path or road or “way.” Jesus declares that he is not only the way; He is the only way to the Father, as he elaborates that “no man comes to the Father but by me.”

Jesus Christ is the full, final and complete revelation of God. Jesus is the truth. “I myself am the truth.” “I and I alone, and no one else am the truth.” Jesus is the actual embodiment of the truth. He is the authoritative representative and revealer of God. He hears what the Father says and does what the Father tells Him to do (5:19; 8:29).

The essence of truth in its purest form is embodied in Jesus Christ, who is “full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14), and he is the source of grace and truth to men, for “grace and truth came by means of or by way Jesus Christ. Earlier in the Gospel of John, Jesus exhorted his disciples that if would continue in his words that they would know the truth and the truth would make them free. To have the Truth is to have eternal life which brings to mind the last part of the metaphor. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Christ is the giver of life, life more abundant in the present and eternal life to come. Jesus promised “eternal life” to all who believe on Him: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

Not only does Jesus Christ give life, correspondingly he also delivers from death. Christ conquered death—physical, spiritual and eternal. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The website abideinChrist.com comments: Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus is not only the way to God; He is the truth of God because He is the embodiment of God’s self-revelation. He is the life of God. You can paraphrase John 14:6, “I am the way that reveals the truth (about God) and gives life (to people).”

Jesus Way Truth Life

The photo of a poster that displays the tri-fold metaphor of John 14:6—“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

This metaphor is brought to life with the Christian Praise and Worship song: “Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life”:

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One Response to “Final tri-fold metaphor: The way, the truth, the life”

  1. The truth will set you free | Dr. J's Apothecary Shoppe Says:

    […] following comments are taken from an earlier blog entry that examined this metaphor in greater […]

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