“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
Before I get into this, I want to explain the comparison between what Jesus is saying in verses 1-4 with the Jewish culture of the time. In short, this is a marriage proposal:
In old Jewish times, when a man was interested in marrying a woman, he would first go to her father with a marriage proposal: “My Father’s house has plenty of room / many mansions.” If the father was pleased, then the man would go back to his own father’s house and build a new room onto it, where he and his new bride will live: “I’m going to prepare a place for you.” When the man was finished building, he would return to the bride’s father and ask him to look at the new room. If the father says it’s not big enough, then the man would continue building to make it bigger: “If that were not so, would I have told you that I’m going there to prepare a place for you?” When the girl’s father approves of the room (that’s the father’s approval of the marriage to take place), the man will then return to the girl’s house, and then bring her back to be with him: “I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am.” And she goes home with him as his wife. “You know the way to the place where I’m going.” So here, Jesus is talking here about His 2nd coming. Remember, the Church is the Bride of Christ. Jesus said that He is now preparing a place for us and will one day return to get us and bring us back to Him (home in His father’s house, which has many rooms/mansions).
Now, I could end it here, but Thomas’ question cries for continuation: “No, Lord, we don’t know. We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (New Living Translation) In verse 6, Jesus replies: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Now, let’s look at this for a moment. Jesus does not say that He is “one” of the ways to the Father. In fact, He never even suggested that there are any other ways to the Father…He just said “I am the way.”
And not just the way, but also:
- The Truth
- The Life
So Jesus is showing His role/credentials:
- Jesus is the Way
- Jesus is the Truth
- Jesus is the Life
Jesus is claiming to be all 3…Therefore:
- To get to the Father, one must know Jesus, for Jesus is the Way
- The way to know about Jesus (the way) is to know the Truth.
- Once you hear the Truth, and come to know Jesus, then you will have Life…because Jesus is all 3.
And according to Jesus, He is the only possibility of coming to know the way to the Father, who is in Heaven…or as people focus on today, the only way to Heaven…the only way to the place where Jesus has prepared a place for us, is through Jesus.
But many like to throw out the “Way” part in order to throw out the possibility of Jesus being the only way to Heaven…they want so badly to believe that there are other ways to Heaven other than through Jesus. Maybe they have friends who belong to other faiths who don’t believe in or acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Messiah; or maybe they have friends and/or relatives who die as unbelievers and want so badly to believe that they will go to heaven; Or maybe they just want nothing to do with Jesus for other personal reasons; Or maybe we see people who are doing such great things in life for others that we expect to see them in Heaven for their good works (but then, that’s another study). But if we are going to throw out the part about Jesus being the Way, then we also have to throw out the part about Jesus being the Truth and the Life. And if we are to believe that Jesus is the Truth, then why would He not also be the Way (especially since He said so), for if the Truth will set us free, and if the Truth is the only, absolute truth, then all others must be lies.
In other words, if there is another way, then Jesus cannot be the Truth, and for Him just saying this would make Jesus a liar. And so if Jesus is a liar, then He cannot be the perfect sacrifice, He cannot be the Messiah, and if such is the case, then as Paul said, our message is void and we should be pitied most above all because everybody would be lost and doomed, with no rescue from our sins.