The word pictures change today. Instead of pictures of objects, bread, door, etc, we look at concepts of resurrection, life, way, truth, and life. Jesus proved that He had power over the natural world and the spiritual world.
5. Resurrection and Life
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” John 11:25
Jesus’ statement is profound in that His deity could not be proclaimed in any greater way. He not only states He has the power over life and death, but that He was the resurrection and life. Only Almighty God has power of life and death as He is the giver and taker of both. In Him is true life and those that believe and receive Him in faith will have everlasting life. This is not simply referring to being alive. The unsaved dead are alive, but they reside in eternity in the everlasting state of death. Only those whom God gives life can be said to have true life and only those who believe receive life in heaven with the Savior. (Bible-truth.org)
6. Way, Truth, Life
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
The Lord repeats what He has been telling them throughout His ministry. He made it explicit, that only He was the way, the only truth, the only life, and no one could come to the Father, and have eternal life except through Him. Thomas and the disciples may not have understood earlier, but by saying salvation was only by Him they could not now misunderstand who He was or why He came into the world. (Bible-truth.org)
This answers several questions plaguing our culture today.
First, man and women are NOT in charge of life and death. Only God has that authority. We violate God’s authority when we commit murder, suicide, or the killing of innocent unborn babies. A judgment day is coming.
Second, how does one get saved? Jesus made it clear that it was through Him. If Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, then our world has spun completely out of control. There are no governments in today’s world that recognize Jesus as their leader. Further, the statutes and underpinnings of the nations are all worldly. As believers, our foundation must be God’s word, the Bible. That was radical in Jesus time and it is radical today. The only thing that will change our world is repentance and complete turning to Jesus Christ. Repent and trust Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001