John 14:6-7 NASB
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
Jesus didn’t say He had found the way, He said He was the way.
Jesus didn’t say He had found the truth, He said He was the truth.
Jesus didn’t say He had found the life, He said He was the life.
In the history of humanity, these are exceptional words, starkly different words from the norm, exceedingly illuminating words, spoken by Jesus, direct from God our Father.
This is the Scripture where Philip, who heard these words spoken by Jesus, responds and Jesus replies as recorded in John 14:8-9 NASB:
“Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? The one who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
There is only One Way.
There is only One Truth.
There is only One Life.
And all of them, all of them, are personified in Jesus, the Son of God.
Consider Hebrews 1:3-4 NASB:
“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, to the extent that He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”
And Jesus actually said that “no one comes to the Father except through Me.“
“No one“. Yes, I know, that’s pretty heavy. It was meant to be.
If Jesus is the only way, among all the various ways there are said to be, if Jesus is the only truth, among all the various truths there are said to be, and if Jesus is the only life, among all the lives there is said to be, then these words of Jesus would indeed, have to be the ultimate realities of “the” way, “the” truth and “the” life. There indeed, could be none other.
God, our heavenly Father, has subjected all things, excluding Himself, to the Son, so that through the accomplished work and words of Jesus, His Son, all things might once again, be made subject to Himself. Jesus is God the Father’s response, to our reconciliation with Him again. That which is not holy (that would be you and I), being reconciled with God, who is holy, through faith and trust in the righteousness and accomplished work of God’s own Son.
1 Corinthians 15:27-28 NASB
“For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is clear that this excludes the Father who put all things in subjection to Him. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.”
We’re not talking about subjective ways. We’re not talking about subjective truths, nor are we talking about subjective lives. This is the objective, authoritative, definitive reality of what God our heavenly Father has declared it will be. You may disagree with it, you may disregard it or even deny these realities, but God’s objective, authoritative, definitive reality of what will be still stands.
And “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” And Jesus replied, “The one who has seen Me has seen the Father;”. If Jesus was and is who He said He was, and God our heavenly Father, said Jesus was and is who He said He was, and Jesus did accomplish all that had been given to Him to do, by His Father, there could be no other answer.
Yet Philip, speaking on behalf of all of them, notice the “it is enough for us“, keeping in mind that they had heard all that Jesus had said, and seen all that Jesus did, wanted to see more. They still wanted to “see” the Father. Jesus is the bridge between mankind who is not holy, and God our Father, who is holy. That which is not holy, does not dwell in the direct presence of our holy heavenly Father. That doesn’t happen, without Jesus the Son, for no one. Jesus is the “righteous one”, without sin, completely and totally devoted to fulfilling the accomplished work and will of His Father, there is none other. He, Jesus, is our righteousness, and this righteousness of His Son, is given to us, as a gift, from God to us (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Did Philip and the other disciples get all this? No they didn’t, because if they had of, they would not have asked what they did. But they did ask. Bear in mind, this all took place before the death and resurrection of Jesus. Bear in mind how their request must have grieved Jesus. Bear in mind Jesus’ response, which was basically, “How could you even ask that request?” when Jesus responded “how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Jesus is “the” way. There is none other.
Jesus is “the” truth. There is none other.
Jesus is “the” life. There is none other.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!