- Religion and Philosophy
John's Gospel: a new look-no.24 "I am the way."
Jn 14:1-11" I am the way and the truth and the life."
There is no neutral position to be taken with what one does about Jesus. In today’s world of compromise and politically correctness it is difficult for anyone to take a strong stand on the issue of who Jesus was and about the salvation he claimed to bring.
It was much the same in the first century. In fact if you took a stand for Jesus then you were in danger of being put to death for that stand. That even happened to Jesus himself because of who he claimed to be. It made the Jews so mad that they crucified him with some help from the Romans.
If you accept that Jesus says “I am the truth, the way and the life and no one comes to the Father except through me” you face the reality of being called a fanatic, a radical and laughed at and ridiculed. It is however a choice every individual must make.
The claim of Jesus to be the son of God was not made to bring about a political revolution but rather a spiritual one. He stated emphatically in this passage that he came from heaven, is returning there and will come back to fetch those who hear his voice and choose to follow him.
This opens up a new world that exists far beyond this physical one, invites the reader to start on a journey of spiritual regeneration that will end in a heavenly home. The journey begins with a re-birth (Jn. 3:5), passes through an abundant life (Jn.10:10), and ends with a spiritual promise in heaven (Jn.14:3).
The sad fact is that many have been fooled by the ruler of this world to believe that our life is nothing more than an animal existence that ignores the reality of a spiritual one. If you look at the carefully recorded record of what Jesus did and what he taught you cannot but realize that there is more to life than the daily slog of human life, followed by a lonely grave.
Jesus claims to bring a better truth, a better life, and a better way. You choose whether to follow it or not.