08 21st, 2016
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
These words spoken by the Savior of the world (Yeshua / Jesus) are packed with truth. Follow along as I unpack them for you.
“I am the way”
A ‘way” is a path or road that one follows. To be a disciple of Messiah Yeshua is to follow his way; to walk as he walked (in obedience to his Father’s commandments), to believe the doctrines he believed, to trust in him as the way Yahweh provided for the salvation of mankind.
For [Yahweh /God] so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For [Yahweh] sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
Mankind is like a man lost in a forest who is trying to find his way out. Once he stumbles upon a path (Yeshua), he can follow it until it leads him to safety and eventually home (to his Creator, Almighty Yahweh).
The prophet Isaiah spoke of this path/highway that will lead to everlasting joy.
Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your Elohim will come with vengeance, even Elohim with a recompense; He will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
And the ransomed of Yahweh shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 35:3-10
When Yeshua came to make a way for mankind to be saved, he opened blind eyes and deaf ears, he healed the lame, gave voice to the dumb, and even raised the dead. The “way of holiness” is through Yeshua who is also our “redeemer”.
For the grace of [Elohim] that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying wickedness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and piously, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great mighty one and our Savior Yeshua Messiah;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Titus 2:11-14
Have you lost your way in this world? Are you aimlessly walking in circles with no meaning to your life? Your Creator has provided a way for you to have your fellowship with Him restored. That way is through His only begotten Son Yeshua.
“I am . . . the truth”
Yeshua said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17
The word of Yahweh (the Holy Scriptures) are truth as are all the words Yahweh spoke, even those that have not been written down for our benefit.
The Apostle John wrote the following about Yeshua:
And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Yahweh spoke His Son into existence. His “word” became a flesh and blood man named Yeshua. Since the “word is truth” and the “word became flesh”, truth became flesh. The truth became embodied in a flesh and blood man. All Yeshua ever said and did was truth because he was full of grace and truth. In him was no lie.
Yahweh inspired the prophet Isaiah to write the following about Yeshua;
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:8-9
The Apostle Peter wrote of Yeshua as well;
Who did no sin, neither was guile (deceit) found in his mouth: 1 Peter 2:22
The truth (Yeshua) sets people free from their bondage to sin.
Then said Yeshua to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how say you, You shall be made free?
Yeshua answered them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, Whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin.
And the servant abides not in the house for ever: but the Son abides ever.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:31- 36
Not only is Yeshua truth, but he came to bear witness of the truth.
Pilate therefore said unto him, Are you a king then? Yeshua answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice. John 18:37
Do you hear the Savior’s voice? Do you hear him calling you to salvation through his death and resurrection? He loved you enough to die for your sins that you may be given the gift of eternal life in his Kingdom. All you need to do is believe in him and receive him into your heart as your Master and Savior.
“I am … the life”
“Life”, in this verse, refers to everlasting life which becomes the possession of everyone that believes in Yeshua the Messiah as their Master and Savior.
When comforting a woman named Martha who was grieving the loss of her brother, Yeshua said;
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26
Elsewhere, Yeshua said;
For [Yahweh] so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For [Yahweh] sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of [Yahweh]. John 3:16-18
While praying to his Father (Yahweh) in heaven Yeshua said;
And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true [Elohim], and Yeshua Messiah, whom you have sent. John 17:3
The way to truly know Yahweh is to know the means/way that Yahweh has chosen to save the world and embrace it, that is, through believing in His only begotten Son Yeshua.
John the Baptist said of Yeshua;
He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of [Elohim] abides on him. John 3:36
Refusing to believe in Messiah Yeshua had dire consequences for certain Jews living in Apostolic days.
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of [Elohim] should first have been spoken to you (Jews): but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Acts 13:46
The Apostle John, a man filled with the Holy Spirit, wrote;
And this is the record, that [Elohim] has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of [Elohim] has not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of [Elohim]; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of [Elohim]. 1 John 5:11-13
What about you friend? Do you believe in Yeshua the Messiah as your Master and Savior? Do you believe his shed blood on your behalf cleanses you of all your sins? Do you believe that he will resurrect you from the dead at his second coming? Do you believe you will live eternally with him in his Kingdom on earth? If not, I implore you to consider the Good News that the New Testament has recorded concerning Yeshua.
“No man comes unto the Father, but by me“
The “Father” is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, Almighty Yahweh. We don’t spend eternity with Him by being good people or by praying a lot or by doing good works, or by having a religious upbringing. We go to the Father through faith in His Son Yeshua. He truly is the way, the truth and the life and no man can stand before one’s Creator, Almighty Yahweh, except through Yeshua.
My prayer for you is that you will find the way back to your Creator, your Heavenly Father, who loves you and longs to embrace you as His child; that you will find that path that leads you out of your lost condition and into His loving arms. Yeshua is that path of truth that leads to eternal life. Yeshua is the way.