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Friday, May 4, 2012

no one comes to the Father except through me

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
John 14:6

The great proclamation made by Jesus. He is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. This is why Christians were called followers of the way in Acts 9:2.

Let's break down His emphatic statement. He said “I am the Way”, this precludes any other way. There are not multiple ways to the Father. Only through Jesus can we find the Way to our heavenly Father.

He then said “I am the Truth”, this also precludes any other “truth”. The only “truth” we need to know is Jesus. Today many say there is no absolute truth. Jesus was the embodiment of truth. When He said “I am the Truth”, that was an absolute statement, of pure truth.

He followed up that statement with,“I am the Life”. The life He speaks of is eternal life in Him, James 1:12, speaks about it as the crown we receive after this life. This precludes eternal life with the Father for those that do not accept Jesus and His teachings.

If you noticed I used the word precludes in reference to Jesus three proclamations about Himself. The word preclude means to make impossible. Which brings us to the last part of Jesus proclamation. “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” We cannot come to the Father in and of ourselves. We cannot find another way, we cannot find another truth, we cannot achieve eternal Life outside of Jesus. It is impossible. So, when Jesus says no one He means just that, no one. Not a single person can come back into a relationship with the heavenly Father without following Jesus, THE WAY. Without Jesus it is impossible.

So, the next time someone says to you what is truth, just like Pilate did in John 18:38, point them to the gospels and show them Jesus. Help them to see when they come to know Him and begin to follow Him they will have found truth.

So, today share the truth with someone. Tell them about Jesus.

© 2012 Leo J. Woodman

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