Let’s set the scene. The disciples are gathered around Jesus having just finished the Passover feast; The Last Supper. Jesus has washed the disciples feet. He tells them the time is near and that He will be leaving them. This launches a fury of questions from the disciples asking where he was going, and Peter stating he will follow Jesus anywhere.
Finally, Thomas asks Jesus (John 14:5), “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus responds (John 14:6), “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”
This is our new verse. It is a foundational verse to our Christian faith and important for us to place on our hearts. Tying it back to our last verse, Romans 12:2, this statement from Jesus is at the core of “being transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Our transformation begins by our spiritual understanding that Jesus is our path to the Father, that Jesus is the absolute truth, and that through Him we have the abundant life that supersedes “the pattern of this world”.
Let’s prayerful consider the first statement today – “I AM THE WAY”. Place yourself with the disciples as you reflect on these words. They have spent every moment with Jesus for the past three years. He was their teacher. He was their friend. And they had come to understand that He was their Messiah! Now He has told them He is going to depart from them, and they had no idea what was going to happen over the next twenty-four hours. How would you react to Jesus’s statement, “I AM THE WAY”? What does this say to you and your life? Your life and my life are comprised of every decision that we have made or has been made for us to this point. Those decisions are reflected in the ‘way’ or path we have chosen in how we live our life. As teens, you are in a stage of life where you will begin making more and more of your own decisions. Reflect on how these words impact the decisions you make and the path you choose.