I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE
The Gospel of John Series � Part 4 of 10
February 20, 2005
1�Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God�; trust also in me. 2In my Father�s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.�
5Thomas said to him, �Lord, we don�t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?�
6Jesus answered, �I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know� my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.� John 14:1-6
DEFINING ULTIMATE REALITY
�Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.� John 14:1
Ultimate reality is not�problems of the moment.
1. Jesus was going away. (John. 7:34, 8:21, 12:8)
2. He would die. (John. 12:32-33)
3. One of the 12 was a traitor. (John. 13:21)
4. Peter would disown Him 3 times. (John. 13:38)
5. Satan would work against all of them. (Luke. 22:31-32)
6. All the disciples would fall away. (Matthew 6:31)
7. Perhaps the biggest: DISCOURAGEMENT. (John 14:1)
My biggest problem is not my biggest problem.
Letting my heart become troubled is my biggest problem.
�I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.� John. 16:33
�I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.� Rom. 8:18
Ultimate reality is defined by:
HIS IDENTITY � �I AM�
�God said to Moses, �I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: �I am has sent me to you.� Ex. 3:14
HIS MISSION � �The way�
��I am the gate for the sheep.� John 10:7
�No one comes to the Father except through me.� John 14:6b
�Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.� Matthew 7:13-14
�Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.� Acts 4:12
*I can walk His road.
�Jesus said, �If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.� John 8:31-32
*I can know His truth.
Christ offers both:
1. Abundant life:
�The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.� John 10:10
2. Eternal life:
�For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.� John 3:16
*I can receive His life.
*Alliance Video clip (5:00) � �Post-Modernism in Europe�
HIS DESTINATION � �My Father�s house��
�In my Father�s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.� John 14:2-3
Why did He choose to reveal a glimpse of heaven?
HEAVEN�S 3 R�S
1. Heaven is Real
�In my Father�s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.� John 14:2
2. Heaven is Ready
�I am going there to prepare a place for you.� John 14:2b