I Am the Way and the Truth and the Life Theological Study

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John 14:6~ Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. “

When examining a Biblical verse, it is important to understand the historical context in which it’s written. Originally recorded by John, Son of Zebedee, whose main purpose in writing his Gospel can be found in John 20:31, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”, is Jesus’ declaration “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. The passage of John 14:6 is part of an extensive conversation that Jesus had with his disciples during the “Last Supper” on the eve of the Passover Feast. Immediately preceding the statement, we read that Judas has been identified as the betrayer of Jesus and that Peter will deny Jesus three times before sunrise. Jesus has just advised his followers that he will be leaving them soon and He is attempting to comfort them. This one statement which focuses on the four thoughts, “way, truth, life, and coming to the Father”, is in essence a “recipe” for Christianity and completely fulfills the prophesy of the coming Messiah in the Old Testament.
In examining the first word “way”, we find numerous accounts of The Way in the New Testament. The Way was a term used within the Jewish community to identify the “sect” of Jesus- the true Israel- as opposed to the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and the Zealots. We can see an example of this usage by Paul in the text of Acts 24:14, “However, I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way, which they call a sect…” There are also Old Testament accounts such as in Isaiah 35:8 which speaks of the joy of the Redeemed, “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on...
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