Jesus claims to be the Way, the Truth and the Life, and promises the Holy Spirit
- Verses 1-3 are sometimes used by proponents of the Rapture – the belief that Jesus is preparing a place for us in Heaven and that he will come and take believers to be with him prior to his second coming. Could there be an alternative interpretation or is it logical to interpret these verses in this way?
- Is there any room in verse 6 for the possibility that other religions may also lead to God and salvation?
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Going Deeper from 'Words of Life'
Jesus is the way to God, the path to truth, and he is life itself. But what does all this mean in practical terms, for living in the world today, as we strive to reach out to others in a multifaith environment, or even in an atmosphere where there is seemingly no need for faith?
The Way. Many people struggle with doubt when it comes to faith. Various religions claim to be ‘the way’. Could they be right? How do we know for certain that Jesus is the way – and the only way? Because Jesus said so!
His name is the Way. Only he grants everlasting life. And no one comes to know God except through him. It takes faith – no question about it. But once we acknowledge Jesus as the Way, he will guide and direct us through life – never leaving us.
The Truth. The disciples were in the upper room with Jesus when Thomas asked him about what was to become of them after his death. Jesus told him, as well as the others, to hold on to the truth of who he is. The world is full of deception. Jesus speaks only of truth, for he is the Truth – the only Truth. Truth is not a concept; not a philosophy. Truth lies in the personhood of Jesus. And if we follow him, our lives will also be filled with truth. For in Jesus we have the standard that determines all truth.
The Life. Colonel Henry Gariepy wrote: ‘Christ is the Source of all life. The life in our cosmos is derived from the provision and providence of the Trinity. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, our very being – all comes to us by divine providence. We are mere creatures of our Creator, reflections of His goodness and love.’
In our postmodern world, people are confronted with a myriad of religions and philosophies. But only one faith, one belief, centres around a person; and this person can grant to us all everlasting peace. He is Jesus Christ: the Way, the Truth and the Life!
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