Study Series: Gospel of John – The Seven Great Claims of Jesus
Study 6 – I am the way, the truth and the life. John 14:6
So, we have reached out sixth study in the Gospel of John and, in particular, the great I am
claims of Jesus. This week we will be studying John 14:6 where Jesus says: I am the way, the
truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus declares, here, first of all that He, and in the context of the verse, He alone is the way.
The word ‘way’ here is, in the original Greek, hodos. The word means the route, the road,
the highway or street. In other words, it is the route or means by which we arrive at a given
destination. You know, when you want to arrive at a particular destination you have to take
a specific route, don’t you? There is no sense in taking any old road and expecting to arrive
where you wanted to be. If you take the M4 expecting to reach Scotland, you are going to
be sadly disappointed.
So, Jesus is the route, the road…but the road to where? Well, He tell us. “No one comes to
the Father except by, through, by way of Me. There is no other way to God but by Jesus.
This coming to the Father is expressive of eternal life, being restored to the close fellowship
with God which He desired from the beginning. And it is only by means of faith in Jesus
Christ that we can come to Him.
He also declares Himself to be the truth. Again, the Greek word is interesting. It is aletheia.
This word has about it the meaning of something or someone that is real, genuine,
dependable, upright, faithful, having fidelity and to be trusted. When Jesus makes these ‘I
am’ declarations, then, including this one, they are truth, they are genuine, real, dependable
and to be trusted since He Himself is the perfect embodiment of all those things, of aletheia
Lastly, He declares Himself to be the life. Yes, you guessed it, the word is zoe in the Greek.
You will remember us talking about two Greek words used for life. The first is bios and
simply refers to biological life. The other is this word zoe which expresses teaming,
abundant life, spirit, soul and body in all its fullness. Jesus uses this word directly no less
than three times in these great claims: I am the bread of life; I am the resurrection and the
life and here, I am the way, the truth and the life.
This abundant God kind of life, life in all its fullness, teaming life - spirit, soul and body - can
be ours but only by way of Jesus Christ. He is the road, the highway the means by which we
attain zoe life.
So then, Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through,
by way of Him. He and He alone is the highway to God. He is the genuine article, the very
embodiment of truth, of aletheia. And yes, He is life itself and there is zoe life in no other.
1. If you are studying in a group, discuss what it means that Jesus is THE way and that no
one can come to God except through, by way of Him. Discuss what this means for the focus
of your outreach to others who are not yet Christians.
If you are studying by yourself, perhaps you could write down your thoughts and discuss
them with a friend.
2. Jesus describes Himself as the aletheia, the truth – genuine, real, completely reliable and
to be trusted. Spend some time writing down what this means for you, how it applies to
your life now. Share your thoughts in your group or with a friend.
3. It may be that you are not yet a Christian. As we have been studying these I am claims of
Jesus, I have challenged you to ask if you think that what Jesus says of Himself is genuine. I
have also posed the question that, if what Jesus says is genuine, if it is the truth, then what
will you do with that truth?
I’d like to ask you that question again, but also encourage you towards taking action! Will
you accept that Jesus is the only way to God, and there is no other. That He alone did what
was necessary to restore your relationship with the Father. Will you come to Him now? It is
not a case of having to be good enough, simply that you believe in your heart and confess
with your mouth Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Here is an example of a prayer you can pray to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour:
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived
my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask you to forgive me.
I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do
for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to you.
From this day forward, help me to live every day for you and in a way that pleases
I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.
If you have prayed that prayer please talk to someone you know, perhaps the person who
passed this study on to you.