Summary: Believe in Jesus: 1. Because He is the way without exception. 2. Because He is the truth without error. 3. Because He is the life without end.
Jesus Is the Way, the Truth and the Life
Series: The Great I Am
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - Feb. 23, 2014
*Jesus Christ is the great I AM, Lord God Jehovah of the Old Testament, and over the last 5 weeks we have looked at the Lord's "I AM" statements in John.
*For us the "I AM's" reveal great truths about our Savior. But through these statements, Jesus also rightly claimed to be the God of the Old Testament. Fourteen hundred years before Christ was born as a man, He appeared to Moses in the burning bush. And when Moses asked God His name, God said this to Moses: "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'''
*In Hebrew this name "I AM" was Jehovah or Yahweh, and it's fair to say that this is God's favorite name for Himself. He uses it almost 7,000 times in the Old Testament. God also uses this "I AM" name almost a thousand times in the New Testament. I say that, because the name "Jesus" means "Jehovah is salvation."
*Please open your Bibles to John 14, to see another of the Lord's famous "I AM" statements. This morning we will begin by reading John 14:1-6. This statement came from the Lord on the night before He died on the cross for us.
*Do you ever get troubled? -- The disciples were certainly troubled that night. Remember the situation: The disciples had been with Jesus for almost 3 years, and they had seen the most amazing things anyone has ever seen. They saw raging storms calmed with a word. They saw 5,000 men, plus thousands more women and children, all fed with a little boy's lunch. The disciples also saw thousands of people instantly, miraculously, completely healed with a word or a touch from Jesus. They had even seen people even raised from dead!
*Then in Matthew 16:15&16, Jesus asked His disciples:
15. . . "Who do you say that I am?''
16. . . Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.''
*The Lord rejoiced over the revelation our Heavenly Father had given to Peter. And Jesus boldly declared that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. But in the same conversation, Matthew 16:21 tells us that: "From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."
*The disciples got very troubled on that day, and their trouble only grew as they got closer to the cross. They were highly troubled in John 14, because things had not worked out like they hoped. They were also troubled, because they were coming face to face with their own weakness.
*In the last 2 verses of John 13, the Lord pointed out how weak Peter was, and it hurt.
37. Peter said to Him, "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.''
38. Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.
*Sometimes the Lord has to point out our failures, too. And yes, He loves us. Yes, He forgives us. But it's still a time of trouble. The disciples were troubled, because they came face to face with their own weakness
*They were also troubled, because the one who mattered the most to them in life was being taken away. But in vs. 1, Jesus said: "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." Verse 6 gives us 3 great reasons to believe in Jesus.
1. First: Believe in Jesus because He is the way without exception.
*Jesus said, "I am the way." The word picture is a road or some route to take for a journey, and there is no other way to Heaven but Jesus. As He said in vs. 6, "No one comes to the Father except (by or) through Me." The Apostle Peter later echoed this truth in Acts 4:12, when he said: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
*Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven, though many people try other ways. Greg Buchner explains: "Buddhism teaches that the ultimate goal is Nirvana where all pain and suffering exist no more. And the way to reach this Nirvana is by following the Eight-Fold Path to Enlightenment. Then you reach that place of total nothingness.