This week, we have discussed Jesus’ statement saying that He is the way and the truth. But He doesn’t stop there – Jesus goes on to say that He is the life. Now, what does He mean when He says “life?” Well, this is the most amazing definition of life there is – eternal life – a gift that comes through faith and trust in Christ. In 1 John 5:12. Jesus says:
He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
“Oh,” you might say, “does that mean I’m going to have a life free from hardships?” No. You’re not going to be free of problems. You’re going to face trials. As a matter of fact, Christ says we will face trials. Why is that? We live in a fallen world, contaminated by sin. It goes all the way back to the beginning of man.
Think about it this way. A young couple comes to the front of the church to be married. They are professing their love before God and their family and friends. They are committing their lives to one another. Can that couple have joy and more meaning in their lives? Certainly! Having that constant loving companion is a wonderful thing. But it doesn’t mean that couple will never face trials in life. Every couple does. The difference is that they have each other for strength and support.
God’s Word compares our relationship with Christ to the marriage relationship that lasts. In other words, when we face hardships, Christ is with us every step of the way. He will never leave us because He is the definition of true love and commitment.
Have you chosen that life? Have you discovered the Truth? Are you sure you have the way to God? This is why Jesus concludes, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” The only way He can make this exclusive conclusion is if He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I believe Jesus is telling the truth. I believe He is the only way to God, and the source of eternal life. What about you?
1 John 5:13 is a great assurance:
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.