John 14:6 - The 6th I AM Statement of Jesus; The Way-maker!

John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, "I am 
the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes 
to the Father except through Me.  


   Twenty-three times in all we find our 
Lord's meaningful "I AM" in the Greek text of this 
Gospel 4:26; 6:20, 35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12, 18, 24, 
28, 58; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 13:19; 14:6; 
15:1, 5; 18:5, 6, 8). In several of these, He 
joins His "I AM" with seven tremendous metaphors 
which are expressive of His saving relationship 
toward the world. 
   "I AM the Bread of life" (6:35, 41, 48, 
   "I AM the Light of the world" (8:12).
   "I AM the Door of the sheep" (10:7, 9).
   "I AM the Good Shepherd" (10:11, 14).
   "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" 
   "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life" 
   "I AM the true Vine" (15:1, 5). 
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


Man's Quest
   Greece said ... Be wise, know yourself.
   Rome said ... Be strong, discipline 
   Judaism says ... Be holy, conform 
   Epicureanism says ... Be sensuous, enjoy 
   Education says ... Be resourceful, expend 
   Psychology says ... Be confident, fulfill 
   Materialism says ... Be acquisitive, 
please yourself. 
   Pride says ... Be superior, promote 
   Asceticism says ... Be inferior, suppress 
   Diplomacy says ... Be reasonable, control 
   Communism says ... Be collective, secure 
   Humanism says ... Be capable, trust 
   Philanthropy says ... Be unselfish, give 
   And on and on and on goes the quest of 
man. No wonder people are confused! Pick any 
thought-dish from this smorgasbord of human philosophy, 
then digest it completely ... and you will find 
yourself suffering from the worst case of indigestion 
imaginable.  It may smell good and even satisfy your 
rhetorical palate during the time you are consuming it 
... but it will leave you hungry, uneasy, and 
searching for something else to satisfy. 
   Rollo May's words often interrupt my 
thinking as I ponder the plight of searching men and 
women today: 
   It is an old and ironic habit of human 
beings to run faster when we have lost our way. 
   And so it is! Look across your office 
desk tomorrow and chances are you'll be observing 
a living example of someone still searching, 
still running to find inner satisfaction. Step out 
in front of your apartment or home tomorrow 
morning and look both ways ... listen to the roar of 
automobiles ... study the dwellings surrounding you. 
Those sights and sounds represent people who have, 
like Little Bo-Peep's sheep, "lost their way," 
and, tragedy upon tragedy - they don't know where 
to find it. Many of them have tried hard to "be 
religious" or "live by the golden rule" or "tie a knot 
and hang on" or "be sincere," but they're still 
running blind and bored and baffled. 
   They are attempting to fill the inner 
vacuum with everything but the only thing. You name 
it, it's being tried. As Henry Thoreau 
   The mass of men lead lives of quiet 
   Robert Ingersoll, the bold and brilliant 
agnostic, spent many years of his life opposing and 
attacking Scriptures and Christ's claims. On his 
deathbed ...  at the end of his race, he uttered: 
   Life is a narrow veil between the cold 
and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in 
vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, 
and the only answer is the echo of our wailing 
   Ingersolls pursuit is best described 
in the bumper sticker I saw on my way to work: 
   Pontius Pilate, Judea's notorious 
governor, stood eyeball to eyeball with Jesus of 
Nazareth. In the judicial process of interrogation, he 
heard Christ refer to "everyone who is of the 
truth," to which Pilate replied, "What is truth?" 
That question hangs heavily on the thin wire of 
reason in many a mind this very hour. Pilate never 
waited for an answer. He whirled away in confused 
disgust. He should have stopped running and waited 
for the answer. Jesus could have told him that 
He alone had satisfying words of life ... for 
He alone is "the way, the truth, and the life" 
(John 14:6). 
   Christianity is not a system of human 
philosophy nor a religious ritual nor a code of moral 
ethics - it is the impartation of divine life 
through Christ. Apart from the Way there is no going 
... apart from the Truth there is no knowing ... 
apart from the Life there is no living. 
   God says ... Be in Christ, rest yourself. 
[Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.] 


   In our day, as of old, the vital truths 
of God's word are set aside for human theories 
and speculations. Many professed ministers of 
the gospel do not accept the whole Bible as the 
inspired word. One wise man rejects one portion; 
another questions another part. They set up their 
judgment as superior to the word; and the Scripture 
which they do teach rests upon their own 
authority. Its divine authenticity is destroyed. Thus 
the seeds of infidelity are sown broadcast; for 
the people become confused and know not what to 
believe. There are many beliefs that the mind has no 
right to entertain. In the days of Christ the 
rabbis put a forced, mystical construction upon 
many portions of Scripture. Because the plain 
teaching of God's word condemned their practices, 
they tried to destroy its force. The same thing 
is done today. The word of God is made to 
appear mysterious and obscure in order to excuse 
transgression of His law. Christ rebuked these practices 
in His day. He taught that the word of God was 
to be understood by all. He pointed to the 
Scriptures as of unquestionable authority, and we 
should do the same. The Bible is to be presented as 
the word of the infinite God, as the end of all 
controversy and the foundation of all faith.  
   In the sermons from many pulpits of today 
there is not that divine manifestation which 
awakens the conscience and brings life to the soul. 
The hearers can not say, "Did not our heart burn 
within us, while He talked with us by the way, and 
while He opened to us the Scriptures?" Luke 
24:32 Philosophical theories or literary essays, 
however brilliant, cannot satisfy the heart. The 
assertions and inventions of men are of no value. Let 
the word of God speak to the people. 
   Christ's favorite theme was the paternal 
tenderness and abundant grace of God; He dwelt much 
upon the holiness of His character and His law; 
He presented Himself to the people as the Way, 
the Truth, and the Life. Let these be the themes 
of Christ's ministers. Present the truth as it 
is in Jesus. COL39-40 

   The word of God is to be our study. We 
are to educate our children in the truths found 
therein. It is an inexhaustible treasure;  but men 
fail to find this treasure because they do not 
search until it is within their possession Man's 
inventions are not only unreliable, they are dangerous; 
for they place man where God should be. They 
place the sayings of men where a "Thus saith the 
Lord" should be.  
   Christ is the truth. His words are truth, 
and they have a deeper significance than appears 
on the surface. All the sayings of Christ have 
a value beyond their unpretending appearance. 
Minds that are quickened by the Holy Spirit will 
discern the value of these sayings. They will 
discern the precious gems of truth, though these may 
be buried treasures.  
   Human theories and speculations will 
never lead to an understanding to God's word. 

There is but One who is infallible - He who 
is the way, the truth, and the life. TM105 




John 14:6 - The 6th I AM Statement of Jesus 
The Way-maker! 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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