Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 Leon Morris in his commentary on the verse says the following, “Jesus is Himself the way. He not only shows men the way (i.e. by revealing it), but He is the way (i.e. He redeems men). ‘The Truth’ in this connection will have saving significance. It will point to Jesus’ utter dependability, but also to the saving truth of the Gospel. ‘The Life’ will likewise take its content from the gospel. Jesus is both life and the source of life to men.” The Gospel According to John, p. 641
There is no other way to the Father than through Jesus. The truth reminds us that Jesus is totally dependable in all that He does and is. It is impossible for Truth to lie to you. When Jesus tells us in John 3:16 that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life you can take that promise to the bank. The promises of God are true and cannot be broken. What a comfort for us to know that when we come to Jesus asking forgiveness of our sins, those sins are forgiven and forgotten by Him. Acts 3:19 tells us, “repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.” John 10:27, 28 notes, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.”
God knows us and we know Him and He promises eternal life to those who follow Him. But, the promise goes on to say, “and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.” When we come to God in faith our salvation is assured and no one, including Satan, can snatch us out of His hand. That is why Jesus is also “the Life”. These words in John 14:6 are even more powerful when we remember that they were spoken on the eve of the crucifixion.
Think about it for a moment. Jesus is able to say I am the way when in a few short hours He would hang from a cross. Further He told His disciples I am the Truth when the lies of evil men should soon seem like they triumphed over Him. And He could say with confidence that He was “the Life” when within a few short hours His body would be placed in the tomb. But, three days after the crucifixion, the stone in front of the tomb would be rolled away and Christ would be resurrected.
In John 10 verse 29 Jesus goes on to say, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Notice in verse 28 no one can snatch us out of Jesus hand and now in verse 29 we are told that no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand. That is because Jesus proclaimed, “I and the Father are one.” We are absolutely secure in our salvation when we put our trust in Jesus and we are also absolutely secure in the Father’s hand. Jesus doesn’t have to plead our case on bended knee before the Father to persuade Him to accept us. The Father is as willing as the Son to welcome us home. (The theme of the Prodigal Son) And what is exciting about these two texts is, because of that love the Father and Son have for us, no one can snatch us out of their hands. The Father can’t snatch us out of Jesus hand and Jesus can’t snatch us out of the Father’s hand.
Carson, in his commentary The Gospel According to John writes, “He is God’s gracious self-disclosure, His word made flesh (1:14). Jesus is life (1:4), the one who has life in himself (5:26), the resurrection and the life (11:25), the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:20). Only because He is the truth and the life can Jesus be the way for others to come to God, the way for His disciples to attain the many dwelling places in the Father’s house.” P. 491
I wanted to start this New Year by writing of the assurance of salvation in Christ. My goal through the blog is to encourage everyone who reads the posts that no matter how down we get, how many problems we encounter or what sadness we must endure, God has promised to all who trust in Him eternal life. There is no other way to God than through our acceptance of the cross that leads us to repentance and the newness of life. When you and I put our trust in Jesus as “the Way”, we receive life and enter into a relationship with the God of the Universe. And what is even more amazing, if it is possible, is that when that happens no one can take us from God.