Key Verse | John 14:6

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Scripture | John 14


I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; 1 14:1 Or You believe in God believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 2 14:2 Or In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” 3 14:4 Some manuscripts Where I am going you know, and the way you know Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. 4 14:7 Or If you know me, you will know my Father also, or If you have known me, you will know my Father also From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me 5 14:14 Some manuscripts omit me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, 6 14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7 to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be 7 14:17 Some manuscripts and is in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

25 These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

Footnotes

[1] 14:1 Or You believe in God
[2] 14:2 Or In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you
[3] 14:4 Some manuscripts Where I am going you know, and the way you know
[4] 14:7 Or If you know me, you will know my Father also, or If you have known me, you will know my Father also
[5] 14:14 Some manuscripts omit me
[6] 14:16 Or Advocate, or Counselor; also 14:26; 15:26; 16:7
[7] 14:17 Some manuscripts and is

You Can't Get There on Your Own



Devo | John 14

A number of historical figures including St. Augustine are attributed with saying, "The Gospel of John is shallow enough for a child to wade in it, but it’s deep enough for an elephant to swim in it." To me, this...

A number of historical figures including St. Augustine are attributed with saying, "The Gospel of John is shallow enough for a child to wade in it, but it’s deep enough for an elephant to swim in it." To me, this verse epitomizes such a description. 

While the implications of Jesus' statement in John 14:6 seem endless to me the more I consider it, I primarily want to look at Jesus' words here in context. In John 14:1-5, Jesus tells His disciples He is going to His Father's house. Then, in John 14:6, Jesus responds directly to His follower Thomas' question of how to get there. To me, it's unexpected that Jesus responds the way He does. I have a very specific way that I'd respond if someone asked me the way to my dad's house. Thomas, like you or me, might have expected to hear, "Go three miles on Pomegranate Parkway and take a left at Olive Avenue," but, by implication, Jesus is really saying, "You can't get there on your own." Thankfully, He went for us to the cross so that we can go through Him to the Father, by faith (Romans 5:8). 

This idea of one going for the many is consistent with the way things operated before Jesus came in the flesh. In those times, only one person (the high priest) was able to directly enter the space where God's presence dwelled (the Holy of Holies), but never without a sacrifice and only once per year (Hebrews 9:7). Why? Because of the inability of the human heart to truly love God and love our neighbor in the way that God intended for us in the beginning (i.e., sin). Now, however, all those who put their faith in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection as payment for their sins have an invitation to God the Father's house as a friend (1 Corinthians 6:11)!

Not one single Christian has the ability to clean up enough to be invited to the Father's house. Instead, we trust that Jesus made the way for us (Romans 7:25). 

Discussion Questions

1. I know I'm quick to forget that I was once dead in my trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) with no ability in myself to reach the Father. If you're a follower of Jesus, have you been cut to the heart recently (Acts 2:37) that your and my sin made Jesus' death necessary for us to access the Father, the only One from whom comes "every good and perfect gift"? (James 1:17) 

2. What is your gut reaction to John 14:6? Do you hear it the way the world now does? As exclusive, bigoted, and hateful? How might it instead be the greatest invitation you've ever received?

3. Audit your life. What "ways" besides Jesus do you tend to run to in a hard season?

4. Elsewhere in the Gospels, Jesus says that He has come to offer access to life abundantly (John 10:10). Consider the difference in result (including the cost) between following the "ways" offered by the world and following the one true "way" that is Jesus Christ. Which have you chosen? Which will you choose today?

Meet Jake Bitting

Hey, it's Jake! In my junior year at Baylor University, after far too many years of grasping for control over my life circumstances, Jesus really got ahold of my heart. I began attending Watermark fairly soon after graduating from college, and my walk with Christ has been impacted tremendously by this place. Watermark is also where I met Hannah, who as of March 2021 is my wonderful wife!!! We're enjoying learning what life together looks like, and, after new life in Christ, she is the most important gift that God has graced me with. Let's get into it!

6 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 11 days ago

GM Jake. Love your title and your quotation from St. Augustine.

Q1-Q4 answered below.

In a conversation this week a trusted friend said to me, “You can’t be obedient if you’re not totally dependent.”

I have this continuing image in my brain from a JP sermon years ago when he talked about a toddler being in a car seat as the parent drives the car. The child has no idea where they’re going, why, or what they’ll do when they get there. But there they sit…just looking out the window and enjoying the ride. Their trust in the parent/driver is so complete that they aren’t even aware of it.

This is where I want to be.

Recently a family member pointed me to a favorite verse of his, John 14:20.

And there it is. Right there.

Unity.

Hugh Stephenson 11 days ago

Something like the garden of Eden is available to me. All I must do is “…surrender my right to myself", (Oswald Chambers). It’s not another devo. Another book. Another podcast. Stop trying harder and joy give up.

Yet I don’t do it if there is, in my mind, a chance that something that is in my control might work.

Another friend told me the story of a WWII battlefield where the solders where commanded to charge out of their foxholes. As they ran to the enemy they heard, “NY is in flames”. “Japan has invaded San Francisco”. They charged ahead. They had a purpose that was higher than just their making it through the war.

I am taught that anxiety fed by fear is a result of not being in control.

So, wouldn’t total dependance always be the answer?

CS Lewis says this- https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/702-it-would-seem-that-our-lord-finds-our-desires-not

And this- https://hac.bard.edu/amor-mundi/c-s-lewis-on-comfort-and-truth-seeking-2015-05-26

Hugh Stephenson 11 days ago

The disciples are confused and scared. They left all to follow Jesus. Now He says He’s leaving. And that Peter will deny Him.

Amid this Jesus makes these amazing promises-

John 14:3, John 14:18, and John 14:28.

And this imperative- John 14:1, John 14:27.

My prayer this week-

Father I will continue to seek you and desire unity with you above all else. Please continue to reveal your will to me, your purpose for me, and the plan/path to follow. Please continue to grant the guidance and protection of the Holy Spirit. Create in me a heart of passion for unity with you.

Sue Bohlin 10 days ago

Thank you, Jake.

In 14:3, Jesus promises to come back and receive (NASB) us to Himself. Interesting that first, we are called to receive Him to ourselves (John 1:12). Since we love Him because He first loved us, I see “receiving Him” as recognizing His outstretched arms inviting us into His embrace, and receiving His invitation to be loved. Then, when it’s our turn to go to Him in heaven, He will again stretch out His arms to us in a welcoming gesture, ready to receive US into the home He has prepared for us. There is such a beautiful “you in Me, and I in you” interplay here. Biblical Christianity is one big holy HUG!

Michael Scaman 9 days ago

Some disciples worked hard to prepare a place for Jesus to have the passover meal.

Now Jesus tells them of a greater preparation he will do for them. Time for a song “I’ve got a mansion builder who ain’t through with me yet by 2nd chapter of Acts” from long ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9-YPfqE898

Linda Green 2 days ago

Sic ‘em Bears! Great devo- “an invitation to the Father’s house” as a family member, not just a guest!

John 15:1-3 are some of the most comforting words Jesus ever spoke, if you realize what He is saying. Home with one big happy family- what every heart longs for! We can’t even begin to comprehend how wonderful it will be.

My young grandson and I love to discuss what we think will and won’t be there. But Jesus will be there, and we will finally see God’s sovereignty as only good.

We don’t have to fear death when we are focused on eternal life with Jesus! (Hebrews 2:14-15)

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