“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:1-10)
I thought I would bless you this morning with an awesome passage of Scripture that comes from the gospel of John. This passage, in my estimation, bears repeating, even if you have “thoroughly” gone through it before. As Paul himself said to those he was writing, “To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.” (Philippians 3:1) And, indeed, I am refreshed by it, even as I myself have re-read it this morning. Notice verse 4:
“And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” (John 14:4)
Notice how Jesus “sets Thomas up” in this verse. Did Jesus know Thomas was going to respond in this way? Of course, he did. Verse 4 is the perfect set up for verse 5. And verse 5 is the perfect set up for verse 6 — which, in my opinion, has to be one of the “all time greatest, most profound statements, in all of Scripture.” (That’s just my opinion, now.)
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:5-6)
Ah. The crux of the matter. Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Now that is a “truly offensive verse” which I love greatly. It is the start of many arguments. But it is the end of the matter. One day, we’ll all stand before this great high priest, Jesus Christ, who shall either condemn us, or pardon us, on account of his own blood that he shed at the cross of Calvary. Oh, blessed Savior Almighty! We love you greatly!
Jesus now goes a little deeper. Some misuse and abuse the following verse, and do a great deal of injustice to it, denying what Jesus is really saying here:
14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
What is Jesus saying? He is saying, “I am just like him.” Or, as it says in the book of Hebrews, Jesus is “the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of [God’s] person.” (Hebrews 1:3) In other words, Jesus Christ is NO MERE MAN BUT THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD’S PERSON.
But in verse 7, was Jesus saying that he is the Father? No, he was not saying that — that is simply inconsistent with the rest of Scripture. He was not saying he IS the Father, but that he is 100% LIKE HIM. For lack of better words, Jesus is a carbon copy of the Father. He is NOT the Father, but is JUST LIKE HIM! Please … do not pass this by. So then, so far, we have seen that Jesus is just like the Father — so much so, that he could say to Philip, who had just said to him, “Show us the Father,” “He who has seen me, has seen the Father!” Wow.
“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14:8-10)
Now here again, cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses do a great deal of injustice to the Scriptures by trying to “explain away” verse 10, by saying, “Well, what Jesus was saying was that the Father was dwelling in him. That’s really all.”
Not so quick, if you will. If you want to remain consistent with the Scriptures, you must credit full deity to Christ (the fact that he is fully God). This Scriptures are just chock-stock full of this stuff, but, for one, let’s examine Isaiah 43:10-11:
“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” (Isaiah 43:11)
Compare that with a verse like Titus 1:4:
“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 1:4)
Think hard, and I think you’ll come to the conclusion, that, if you want to keep Scripture consistent, you have to equate GOD THE ONLY SAVIOR in Isaiah 43:11 with JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOR in Titus 1:4. And there are many, many, more verses like that, that simply “point to Christ all over”.
Here’s another case in point, and we’ll close with that:
Remember the bedridden man who was lowered through the rood, that was healed by Jesus? Remember what Jesus said to that man?
“Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” (Mark 2:5b)
But what did the scribes say? They were LEARNED PEOPLE IN THE SCRIPTURES. THEY KNEW THAT ONLY GOD HAD AUTHORITY TO FORGIVE SINS COMMITTED AGAISNT GOD. Thus, they responded:
“Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?” (Mark 2:7)
Well, there it is again, my friend. Clear cut evidence for the full deity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So, what did Jesus do? How did he respond? Did he say, “No, no, I am not saying that! I am not saying that I am God! Please don’t misquote me like that! I don’t want you to get the wrong idea!”? Did he say that? No. Not at all. But rather, look at his glorious, Spirit-filled, response:
“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2:10-12)
Ah. Blessed Savior!
As Thomas himself wisely exclaimed upon realizing who exactly this “Jesus was”, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) May we all wisely do the same!