A. Jesus either directly or indirectly made many profound claims for Himself:
- The Son of God (Matt 26:63)
- The Son of Man (Matt 16:13; Mk 14:62)1
- Giver of eternal life (Jn 10:28)
- One with the Father (Jn 10:30)
- One who forgives sin (Mk 2:10)
- The bread of life (Jn 6:35)
- The good shepherd (Jn 10:11)
- The true vine (Jn 15:1)
- The great “I Am” (Jn 8:58)
- The giver of living water (Jn 4:10)
- The light of the World (Jn 8:12)
- The future Judge (Jn 5:22–23)
- The lamb of God (Jn 1:36)
- The baptizer in the Holy Spirit (Lk 3:16)
- The door of salvation (Jn 10:9)
- The Savior (Jn 3:14–16)
- The Messiah (Jn 4:26)
- The healer (Lk 18:42)
B. The greatest claim: “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (Jn 14:6).
This is the cornerstone claim of Jesus because it subsumes all other claims under one of these three categories.
1. The Way
- Lit. hodos, “a natural path, road, way” (Vines, p. 668).
- Used to refer to Christians because they represented “the way” to salvation (Acts 19:23).
- Jesus is the exclusive source of salvation. He’s not a way but the Way.
- This is the most offensive claim of Jesus, it seems.
- It is the first claim that is jettisoned when Christian groups begin to get “tolerant.”
- Yet there are at least nine separate lines of reasoning that the Scripture gives demonstrating why Jesus is the only true “way.”
- Jesus is the source of salvation for the world (Acts 4:11–12).
- Jesus is the Father’s choice (Jn 6:28–29).
- Rejection of Jesus is rejection of the Father (Jn 5:23b).
- Rejection of Jesus results in God’s wrath; belief in Jesus rescues from wrath (Jn 3:36).
- Jesus is the one who provides forgiveness from sin (J 8:24).
- Jesus will be man’s final judge (Jn 5:26–27).
- Many impostors will claim to provide salvation (Matt 24:4–5).
- But there are no other alternatives for salvation (Gal 2:21).
- Therefore, all nations are to be given this Gospel (Lk 24:47).
2. The Truth
- Lit. aletheia, “The reality lying at the basis of an appearance; the manifested, veritable essence of a matter.... Not merely ethical ‘truth,’ but ’truth’ in all its fullness and scope” (Vines, p. 645).
- Jesus is the substantial foundation of all reality.
3. The Life
- Lit. zoe, “Used in the NT of life as a principle, life in the absolute sense, the life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself” (Vines, p. 367).
- Life which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself (Jn 5:26).
- Life from which man has become alienated as a result of the fall, “...excluded from the life of God” (Eph 4:18).2
- This “life” is a reference to Jesus deity. Jesus is the life; He doesn’t merely have the life. He is the source of it.
Jesus is God in the flesh, representing to man all that God is and His plan for mankind (Col 1:15–22).