“The doubting Thomas” was instrumental in the revelation of Jesus’ statement that he is the way, the truth, and the life.
I AM THE WAY
In answer to the enquiry of Thomas, Jesus clarified he was the one and only way to the Father. During the Old Testament times, Joshua (Jesus in Greek) led the chosen people to the promised land through River Jordan. Jesus is the new Joshua who leads us to the new promised land of the lost paradise through his baptism that stands for the Jordan river. The cross of Jesus is the bridge that Jesus established to connect the earth with the heaven. Jesus exhorted us, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24).
I AM THE TRUTH
The ultimate truth is God. Jesus is the truth because he is God. Humans have limitations to understand the truths of God and his creation. Scientists and philosophers share their findings, assumptions, and views. Our lack of understanding and limitations of knowledge cause many misunderstanding and conflicts in the world. Jesus taught us the truth of God that we comprehend with our limited capacity. Love of God and love of humanity in action are the core teachings of Jesus for successful transition from this world to the eternal truth in heaven.
Jesus said of his Father: “He who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him” (Jn 8:26). So, what Jesus taught is the truth. Jesus affirmed of himself, saying: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6). Thus, Jesus and his Father are true and convey the truth to us.
I AM THE LIFE
God is the author of the universe and all living beings. God, who created everything with his Word, let the Word become flesh and thus Jesus came as God and man. So, Jesus is life eternal who gives us everlasting life by rescuing us from the death that came because of the fall of first parents. Through his resurrection, Jesus assured our resurrection from death.
We are blessed to know that Jesus is the way to the Father. He revealed the truth, and we can gain eternal life through him. Those who do not know Jesus or give up faith in him are in spiritual darkness and end up in eternal destruction.