Summary: This message concentrates on Christ’s words, "I am the way and the truth and the life." Do you really believe that?
Can You Believe What Jesus Said?
Pastor Glenn Newton December 28, 2003
Text : John 14: 5-14
You know folks we are becoming a cynical kind of people. Let me explain what I mean to
What would you say to me if I told you I knew of a company that would give you $250
just for filling out a survey? That couldn’t be true could it? There’s a catch, right?
This week I read a email that said I could get 250 color business cards for free, just for
going to their web site and signing up..... FREE..... How come I haven’t done that yet?
Maybe you’ve heard about this pill.......... this pill supposed to be able to do amazing
things for your body........... (some of you are thinking about a different pill!) .. This pill is
supposed to keep your body from aging..... Do you think that’s true?
We are a people who have been so over exposed to claims that we know just can’t be
true, that we really don’t want to believe in anything unless we can see it for ourselves, or
see some facts that would back it up. Our culture says, “Prove it to me first, then I might
believe it.” Right?
This morning I want you to really concentrate with me on our passage, and the life
changing Truth that we can apply to our personal lives and the Life of our Church as we
get ready to move into new territory together.
As we approach Scripture, I want you to ask yourself a question. We realize that the
world we live in is Cynical, it’s a world that needs to see something to believe it... one
reason it’s like that is because of dishonest people who have taken advantage of people
who have trusted them..... So we get a culture that doesn’t trust.
How does that attitude affect you when you read the Word of God? I’m not a
psychologist, my wife would say I need one, but that’s another story....., But I would
guess that if our tendency is to not trust what we read or hear in everyday life... then we
probably bring that same attitude to Scripture when we read it........ We read it..... We
know in our mind that it’s God’s Word.... but we sure would like to see it work before we
This morning as we dive into the Word of God.... I want you to ask yourself... Do I really
Believe What I read in God’s Word? In my heart of hearts?
Let me tell you quickly what is going on around our passage, Jesus has just shared some
disturbing news with His disciples.... and to be honest with you, I don’t think they wanted
to believe it. Jesus has told them about His betrayal and his death on the cross, but Jesus
is now in Chapter 14 He is telling them that He is going to raise from the dead and go to
heaven and prepare a place for them, and that He will be with the Father..... Listen
in....Listen to what the disciples say.... I think there kind of like us.....
v.5 JN 14:5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so
how can we know the way?"
Can you hear the doubt in his voice.... It’s kind of like, Lord.. were really glad
your going to the Father... but we want to come with you, how do we get there, How can
we be with the Father too?
Read V. 6 -7 JN 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would
know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Jesus is beginning to teach the disciples an important lesson here that we need to catch
also.... Jesus wants His disciples to understand and know that Knowing Him is the same as
Knowing the Father, because they are one.
Thomas asked in verse 5, “Lord how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I
am the way and the truth and the life.”
Jesus wants us to know the same truth today....Are you looking for the way to
Heaven? Jesus says, I Am the Way.
Are you searching for the Truth today? “Jesus said, “I am the Truth..”
Are you lost and looking for what this life is all about? Do you want to know why
your on planet Earth? Jesus said, I am the Life.” Friend, Jesus gives meaning and
direction and purpose to your life... there’s nothing else out there that can make sense out
of this life, except knowing Jesus as your personal savior.... Friends... We live in a messed