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I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life (Dale Offutt)

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Dale Offutt

(Transcribed from the Words of Life Radio Program)

 

Jesus was with his disciples. He spoke to those who wanted to know something about the life beyond what they presently experienced. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

Now in simple words, he was saying, “Follow me and you will have the answer to your problems, the ultimate in truth. Follow me. You will know fellowship of the ages. I am the way, the truth and the life. No one cometh unto the Father but by me.” He was going to be with his Father. He was the way there. He was the very life of the Father.

Thomas had spoken by asking a question. This question allowed our Lord to give the needed direction for their life on earth as well as for the life beyond. Thomas saith unto him, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest. How know we the way?” Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one cometh unto the Father, but by me,” John 14, verse six.

This precious chapter in the gospel of John goes on to show that Jesus is the revealer of God. My friends, when one is introduced to God through is Son Jesus, he is becoming a Christian. Yes, that is what Christianity really means. Of course, in our Christian walk with God we have a continuous movement, always moving to places and heights in our Christian maturity. Our experience as Christians means a pattern of constant movement. Now we may remain in the same place or locality from a geographical point of view, but we are really on the move spiritually speaking. The way we travel is under the direction of Jesus who said, “I am the way.”

We ask the question similar to the one Thomas asked: How know we the way? But let us take a few moments and consider the question from Thomas’ point of view. Let us appreciate Thomas for being honest. He would not pretend to have a faith which he did not have or a knowledge he lacked. He seemed to interrupt Jesus at a point in his teaching by asking a very blunt question. As a matter of fact, it seems that he even contradicted Jesus, his master, to a point. He was saying that we cannot know the way when we don’t know where we are going. We do not know the destination. So Jesus with love and direct attention to the subject at hand simply said that he was going not the Father and he said, “I am the way to the Father. I am the way to all the abiding places in the Father’s house. I am the truth about the Father and ultimately about all creation, all the universe, all being. And I am the life, the very life of the Father, the one,” as the apostle Paul said, in whom all things consist or hold together.

Oh, don’t you know that the answer Jesus gave Thomas and his fellow disciples brought light into the darkness of their mind? Now, with a new appreciation, let us read from the gospel of John. If you will, listen for Peter’s questions and being just a short while before Peter’s denial of Christ, note his self confident spirit and expression of loyalty to his master. Yes, even before he denied his Lord. And then hear the inquiry of Thomas and the very urgent request of Philip.

We shall be reading from the gospel of John, beginning with chapter 13, verse 36. And we shall read through chapter 14 verse 11. Simon Peter saith unto him, “Lord, whither goest thou?” Jesus answered, “Whither I go, thou canst not follow now; but thou shalt follow afterwards.” Peter saith unto him, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee even now? I will lay down my life for thee.” Jesus answereth, “Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

“Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. “And whither I go, ye know the way.” Thomas saith unto him, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; how know we the way?” Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye would have known my Father also: from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”

Philip saith unto him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.” Jesus saith unto him, “Have I been so long time with you, and dost thou not know me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; how sayest thou, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

My friends, Thomas, as well as his fellow disciples, had not reached the spiritual height of which Jesus spoke. Of course, neither have we this day. However, our Lord had the solution to Thomas’ problem. He also has the solution to our problems of the day. Jesus is the answer. He speaks to the whole world with direction of this life and the life beyond when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Our world is made up of mostly people who are drifting with no goal or sense of direction, but to know Jesus is to have a goal, to know where we are going. To know Jesus is also to know the way to God. If we should ask: Where do you want to go after you die? If any one has even a vague notion or understanding of God, the answer would be heaven. Or if we would simply ask a stranger: Do you want to go to heaven? The answer would probably be yes. However, what the majority of the people who would answer our question about going to heaven are the same people who are not convinced that Jesus is the way to heaven.

The apostle Peter made it clear as he defended his faith in the living and true God. With boldness he spoke before the Sanhedrin, the supreme council of the Jews and he said, and we quote, “And in none other is there salvation, for neither is there any other name under heaven that is given among men wherein we must be saved,” end of quote, Acts four verse 12.

We have noted in an earlier study of this particular series that Jesus claimed that he is the door, the gate to heaven. Now what is so sad is that the majority of mankind is living in darkness. They would in most cases say that they want to go to heaven and not hell. The story has been told of a little boy who lived in a large city. He was lost and could not find his way home. A policeman noticed this little boy. He noted that he was crying. He asked the little boy, “Are you lost” “Yes, sir, I am,” replied the little boy. The policeman asked where he lived. The address was given to the policeman. He was given directions as to how to find his home. The little boy, as bewildered and scared as he was, said to the policeman, “I just can’t find my way in the dark.” The policeman said, “Come with me. I will take you home.”

Oh, my friends, so many of our friends, acquaintances, and relatives know that they are lost in a world of darkness. They probably have directions. They probably have the Bible in their homes, but in a world of darkness do they live. Oh, this world of darkness with all of the sinful influence, they just cannot find their way to God. Jesus not only tells the world the way to heaven but he says, “I am the way. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Now we, as individuals are responsible for making the choice. We choose to go to heaven or to hell. No one can compel us to take one step in the way that Jesus offers. Those who want to be in heaven at the end of their earthly journey must choose to be with him now, here and now.

So sad it is that most people will choose not to follow Jesus. Why is this? Well, my friends, the way that Jesus offers is a narrow way. In fact, it requires the surrender of one’s self. It requires self denial. And, of course receiving Jesus as personal Savior and Lord.

A new convert in Africa said this about following Jesus. He said, and we quote, “The trail is hard and tangled. But there is a man ahead of us. Jesus always goes before us. He is always in front. He bids us to follow because he is the way,” end of quote. Well, my friends, that new convert said it, we believe, correctly. Oh, hear the teaching of Jesus.

“Wide is the gate, broad is the way that leadeth to destruction and many are they that enter in thereby. Narrow is the gate and straight is the way that leadeth unto life and few are they that find it,” Matthew seven verses 13 and 14. Yes, my friends, Jesus is the way, the only way to heaven. Jesus offers a road which is always accessible. It is an open road. Again, hear the Word of the Lord. “All that which the Father giveth me shall come unto me and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out,” John six verse 37.

Then hear this precious invitation of Jesus. “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. For I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” Matthew 11 verses 28 through 30.

The way to heaven, the way to God is real. My friends, it is not an illusion or human belief or opinion. It is a fact spoken by God himself. Yes, it is invisible to the world of darkness, but, my friends, the way to heaven is visible to the Christian.

You see, Satan blinds one to the reality of Jesus being the way. The apostle Paul declared, and we read from 2 Corinthians four verses three and four: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.”

Yes, Satan, the God of this world has blinded so many. The spiritual blindfold, my friends, hinders them, keeps them from acknowledging Jesus as the way, the way to God. Are we speaking to someone who because of a spiritual blindfold from Satan is living in darkness? You have never taken the first step of real belief in Jesus? You have not accepted his invitation? Why remain in darkness in a world of unrest and weariness? Simply receive Jesus, the way to God as your personal Savior. Repent of sin and turn from the present life of sin and rejection of Jesus Christ. And turn to the Savior who died for your sins. Oh, my friends, obey him and know the way for this life and for the life beyond.

Hear the precious promise for all who will simply receive him by faith and obedience. Also hear the warning from Jesus for those who reject him as the way. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. But he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.”

My friends, these are words of Jesus. Why the delay in your decision to follow Jesus? Yes, with certainty and assurance Jesus says to your heart, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

 

Dale Offutt is retired minister of the Sellersburg Church of Christ, Sellersburg, IN.

 

 




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