By Russ Ramsey
This is part of a 10-day series on the person of Christ in the 2016 Lent study.
Easter is more than an event. It is an accomplishment.
Jesus cried out from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30). But what did He mean? What was finished?
The answer lies in today’s reading, which includes perhaps one of the most well-known verses in the Bible: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6).
Just before Jesus makes this statement, He tells His disciples that He is going to prepare a place for them. He will bring His disciples to the Father, and He will be there with them too. Then He tells them, “You know the way.” This, of course, confuses them because there were no living witnesses to what the journey to God looked like beyond the grave.
Nevertheless, Jesus tells them, “I am the way.”
The way to what? To reconciliation with God.
“I am the truth,” He adds.
The truth about what? About how that reconciliation happens.
“I am the life,” He concludes.
What life? The life reconciliation with God produces—rebirth from a state of spiritual deadness (Eph 2:1) and new life in the presence of God forever.
As the Way, Jesus is telling us that a journey must be taken—from our broken and sinful lives to eternal peace in the presence of God.
This is more than a journey of learning to think and act differently. Unless something is done for us and to us, to make us worthy to stand in the presence of a Holy God, we can’t get there from here.
As the Truth, Jesus says, “Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). He is the revelation of how our reconciliation with God happens. His way—living perfectly in our place, dying our place, taking our sin upon Himself, paying its wage, and defeating the grave—is the only true way to be reconciled to God.
As the Life, Jesus is telling us what reconciliation with God produces—the peace we were made for since the foundation of the world. We were made for a life of eternal peace in the presence of our Creator. This is what Jesus’ reconciliation accomplishes.
As Easter approaches, consider the beauty of what Jesus is saying here: anyone can come to God at any time and be reconciled to Him through faith in Christ. There is a way. A true way. A true way that leads to life. It is not ours to go out and find—the Way has come to us. The Truth about the Way is written in a Book, and it tells us that the redeeming work we so desperately need has been done. It is finished.
At Easter, we remember why Jesus came—to make the way to true life by way of a cross and an empty tomb.
Do you know the Way?
Written By Russ Ramsey