I AM Statements: Way, Truth, Life

John 14

A man is giving his son advice, “Whenever you buy
something on the street, offer them half of what they want.”

So the boy one day and wants to buy a Coke. He
approaches a street vendor and asks how much. The vendor
replies, “$2.56.”

The boy says, “I’ll give you $1.28.” The vendor is outraged at
first and tries to negotiate a higher price, but fails. He finally
gives in, “Okay, $1.28.”

The boy replies, “64 cents.” The vendor is outraged but
eventually agrees again.
This continues until the price is at 2 cents. The vendor says,
“It’s pointless now, just have it for free.”
The boy says, “I’ll take two.”

Today we are going to look at the next I AM statement of
Jesus. Before we get started, let’s remember the three
truths we know about Jesus as we study these
statements.

Jesus is Pre-Existent – He was with God in the
beginning.
All things came into being through Him, and apart from
Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
He is the Alpha and Omega

He is the Incarnation of God – the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us. Jesus is God in the flesh. He was
born of a woman as every child is born. He was fully
human. He felt pain, sorrow, hunger, fatigue, etc.

Finally, we see the Deity of Christ – Jesus is fully God, He
was able to accomplish exactly what the Father desired,
because as John 10:30 says, “I and the Father are one.”

Today’s I AM statement is found in John 14:6
But we will be reading the first 11 verses
John 14:1-11

Jesus starts off this section by comforting His disciples.
Do not let your heart be troubled.

Jesus Comforts His Disciples
To get a better understanding of why Jesus needed to
provide this comfort we just need to glance back at the
previous chapter.
There are three statements that caused concern on the
part of the disciples.

Jesus told Peter he would deny Him three times v.38
Jesus said one of the disciples would betray Him v.10-11
Jesus told them He would be going away and they
wouldn’t be able to follow Him immediately. V.33,36

When you are troubled, what do you do?
Do you turn to your friends? Do you try to fix things
yourself? Jesus reminds His disciples they are not alone.
He tells them to believe in God and believe in Him

Then He gets right to the point of His comfort

He gives them:
Assurance of their Future Destination

Yes, He is going to leave them, but He isn’t going to
desert them. He’s going to His Father’s house
He assures them that there are many rooms in His
Father’s house. Enough for all who believe in Him.
He refers to the rooms as dwelling places.
KJV calls them mansions.
It’s not really about the size, but the fact that we will be
in the presence of God. The NASB calls them dwelling
places. The implication is that we remain there. It is the
place where we will spend our eternity!

He assures them they will be together in heaven
Jesus is going to prepare a place for His sheep, a place
where we will be together with the Father forever!

He had to leave them so He could come back for them.
But the promise is that they would be reunited one day
And we know the truth about Jesus, Jesus always keeps
His promises.

Next we see Jesus have a dialogue with both Thomas and
Philip.
Jesus tells them they know the way where He is going
Thomas responds to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where
You are going, how do we know the way?”

Jesus responds to Thomas with today’s I AM statement
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father but
through Me.’” John 14:6

To Philip He responds “how can you say, ‘Show us the
Father?’”
The point Jesus is making is that He and the Father are
one. He doesn’t speak on His own initiative, but the
Father who abides in Him.

Just like the other I AM statements, Jesus isn’t the one
who points the way! He IS the way.
It’s not a literal pathway or highway, it’s a relationship
with the Son who reconciles us to the Father.
Remember, the Father and the Son are one.

Have you ever met someone who argued that since the
Bible doesn’t use the word trinity that we shouldn’t
believe in it?
Here is the proof that the trinity exists.
It shows up in the way Jesus offers His disciples
Comfort in their Present Journey

Jesus says He is the truth.
Think back to John 1:14,17
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we
saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the
Father, full of grace and truth.
For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth
were realized through Jesus Christ.

Now turn back to John 14:16-17 “I will ask the
Father, and He will give you another Helper, that
He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of
truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it
does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him
because He abides with you and will be in you.”

Jesus is the truth – He calls Him the Spirit of truth.
He’s referencing the Holy Spirit.
The comfort is that the Holy Spirit will be with them
forever,
And then down in v.26 we see that the Spirit will teach
them all things and bring to remembrance all that
Jesus told them.

Jesus describes again in John 16:7 how good it is for Him
to go away from them, “But I tell you the truth, it is to
your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away,
the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send
Him to you.”

That must have been a comfort to the disciples.
I know it is a comfort to me to know that God has given
His Spirit to dwell in us and when our time on earth is
through, we will be united with Him in heaven and we will
see the fullness of God face to face!
What comfort we have in these Scriptures!

Jesus says He is the Life

We know Jesus was with God in the beginning when man
was made in the image of God.
He is the creator, the giver of life. He breathed life into
man.

He is also the giver of eternal life.
He took our place on the cross suffering our shame and
taking our pain by bearing the sin of the world on His
shoulders.
He was the perfect sacrifice, the spotless lamb that was
slain before the foundation of the world. He who knew no
sin became sin on our behalf, that we might become the
righteousness of God, in Him.

APPLICATION

There are two actions we must consider this morning as a
result of hearing this I AM statement.

Live Kingdom Focused Lives

Jesus lived a perfect life on earth. Everything He did was
aimed to bring glory to the Father. He did nothing of His
own initiative.
Living kingdom focused lives means we set our minds on
things above. It means we abide with Christ and fix our
eyes on Him. It means we dwell on what is noble, pure,
worthy of praise.

Listen to the Promptings of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is our:
Helper
Encourager
Convictor
Guide

He is with us 100% of the time.
As we walk closely with Him we are able to hear His voice
more clearly.
When we disregard His voice it becomes easier and
easier for us to ignore it and we fall farther and farther
away from Him.