Our scripture this morning is John 14:6-7.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

In the Gospel of John Jesus makes seven “I am” statements to help us understand who He is and what He came to do.  The first five are the bread of life (6:35), the light of the world (8:12), the door (10:7), the good shepherd (10:11, 14), and the true vine (15:1). All of these teach us about our relationship with Him.

The other two are are perhaps more difficult for us to process. Jesus says in John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life”, and in today’s passage “I am the way and the truth and the life”. While His other “I am” statements speak to our needs and how He fulfills them, these speak directly to eternal life and the fact that without Jesus, we can’t get there.

While all of scripture is important to us, Jesus makes a statement here that we simply can’t ignore: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” God has given us the gift of His son and His sacrifice. Only through repentance of our sin and acceptance of our Savior can we be redeemed.

Loving Lord, when we chose our own way instead of obeying You, sin came into the world. You sent Your son to destroy that evil and made a way for us to return to You. Bless us to be Your rescued children and go in Your name that all may know You. Amen.

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