Life is full of ups and downs. Life can be hard. Life can feel confusing or mysterious. We enjoy a victory, followed by a failure. We celebrate the birth of a friend’s baby, only to be followed by the death of a loved one.
What is the Way? Ever feel like you can’t find your way? What is the way to happiness, peace, joy? Finding the way forward can be particularly hard when you are facing a seemingly insurmountable hardship.
What is Truth? Ever feel confused about what to believe? Where to ground your thinking? There are so many conflicting opinions in the world around us. What is the source of truth?
What is Life? Ever feel like life is passing you by? What is life all about anyway? What is the purpose and meaning of life? And what happens after this life – is there an eternity?
Jesus claimed to the Son of God, the Messiah. The one who created all things and has the answers to all things. Before Jesus left this world, he prepared his disciples to be without him. He said he was going back to his Father’s house, back to God. He promised that he would come again, and bring all those who believe in him to a place he was preparing. Then Jesus said something profound in John 14:6:
“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is the Way. He shows us the true path to walk in this life. He is the way forward; he is the way to healing and peace. He is the way to God the Father and everlasting life with him.
Jesus is the Truth. Through the testimony of his life and the entire Bible, Jesus shows us truth. He himself is the truth. When you are lost, confused, or uncertain what to think or believe – look to Christ. He speaks truth concerning this life and the life to come.
Jesus is the Life. He came to give us abundant life – both now and after death. Life in right relationship with God is life abundant. A life full of peace and joy, the love and forgiveness of God, and true purpose and meaning.
There is an account in the Gospel of John where Jesus goes to visit his friends Mary and Martha. Their brother Lazarus had just died, and Jesus came to comfort them. But he didn’t just offer them words of comfort, he came to show them that he could conquer even death. Jesus said to Martha in John 11:25-26:
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Moments later, Jesus brought his friend Lazarus back from the dead. Of course Jesus conquering death in that moment was just a foretaste of the day that he himself rose from the dead, proving that he is both Lord and Savior!
This is why the Son of God became flesh and lived among us. This is why he died on the cross in our place, to reconcile us back to God. This is why he rose again, to conquer death and give us eternal life. And this is why he is returning one day to make all things new. Because he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Do you believe this? Will you trust him and follow him as your Savior?