Thursday

1 May 2014

John 14:1-14

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me you will know my Father also.” (vv. 6-7)


Background

Towards the end of his earthly life Jesus meets with all his disciples to make them aware of, and help them understand what is soon to happen. He is concerned to provide them with some messages that will help them through the dark days after his death.

Verses 1-8 provide much comfort and are often read at funeral services, reminding people that there is a place for them in the many dwelling places in "my Father's house" (v. 2).

But Thomas again is brave enough to ask the question: "How can we know the way?" (v. 5)

The next few verses speak of the close relationship Jesus has with his Father, who is God. Jesus says that the disciples (and us too) can know God through looking at Jesus. Jesus is claiming that the Father lives in him and works through him. This is a unique claim that seems to exclude many people and has often been taken out of context from the rest of the passage.

Verses 6 and 7 are seen by some as being exclusive, as they suggest that unless you believe in Jesus you cannot know God. Others would suggest that it is only through Jesus we can know about the unique relationship that is possible with God, the Father.

Verses 8-14 reveal Jesus talking about that special relationship that he has with his Father, who is living in Jesus, and Jesus who is living in the Father. This mutuality of the relationship is something that has enabled Jesus to reveal the truths about God and will continue to reveal truths to believers.


To Ponder

  • The passage contains some comfort and searching questions. Which ones speak to you? And how have they enabled you to grow more in your faith?
  • Spend some time today remembering those who have been a part of your journey and give thanks.
  • Reflect on what the statement, "I am the wa,y the truth and the life" means to you.

Bible notes author

Susan Johnson

Susan has recently moved house from the north east coast in Durham to the west coast in Cumbria. After completing eight years as the Darlington Methodist District mission and development enabler she is taking time out to explore what next, but hopes to get involved with the local foodbanks in the area.