The Way, the Truth, the Life

John 14: 6-14
1 Cor.15:1-8 / Psa 19

I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.
(John 14:6-7)

Has He been with us all this time,
And life’s meaning we still can’t find?
We can be one with Christ our Lord
If we believe and live His Word.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:6-14)

Reflection

Our Lord began His last discourse with His apostles before His passion by comforting them (14:1: “Do not let your hearts be troubled…”) They were in a state of confusion, when they learned that Jesus was going away “to prepare a place for you.” Thomas spoke out, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” (14:5) To which Jesus replied, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

There is no other way to the kingdom of God. Our Lord stated this emphatically: He is the only way. Let us not be deceived that we can find another way, even if we give away all our wealth to the poor and spend our lifetime in prayer. Scripture says: “A way may seem right to a man, but the end of it leads to death” (Prov.14:12). Jesus became man to restore what was lost because of Adam’s disobedience. He had to be the sacrificial lamb slain in the altar of Calvary to redeem mankind’s fallen state, but resurrected to claim victory over death and sin. Only by believing in His divinity and sacrificial mission can a true follower of Jesus be saved. By our faith in Him, we will follow Him all the way in all His ways.

Jesus is the truth. All His words reveal the love and promise of God as well as the follies of man. He is the Word of God, the Revelation of God’s infinite goodness. The priest Simeon said of Him, “the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Lk.2:35). When we finally came to know Jesus as our Savior, it was only then that we realized how sinful we were, and how much we needed Him to be reconciled again to God.

Jesus is our life. We were once dead in the darkness of sin, but by His sacrificial death and Resurrection, He has brought us back to life. He has even invigorated our faith by the power of the Holy Spirit which we received in Baptism and again in the renewal. Jesus said, “He who believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God remains upon him” (Jn.3:36). Let us follow Him in the path of love; learn from Him in the Gospel; and have life in Him “abundantly” by receiving Him in the Holy Eucharist as often as we can. After all, what can be more important in our life here on earth?

Father God, we acknowledge Your Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ as our only Way to Your kingdom; we praise and thank You for all the lessons that we have learned from Your Word, and for the hope of eternal life with You in heaven. Amen.

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