The “I am” statements of Jesus and why we can trust Jesus completely.
Mar 22, 2020 | Lee Becknell
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
* A little boy got on the elevator with his father at the Empire State Building. They were going to the observation deck at the top and view the city. As the elevator ascended, the boy watched the signs flash as they went by the floors: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70. The farther up they went, the more nervous the boy became. Finally, he looked up as his dad and said, “Daddy, does God know we're coming?”
* People get confused thinking there are many different ways to God. But Jesus said that the only way to the Father and life with Him in heaven is through Jesus.
* Kids will learn that the only way to heaven is through Jesus.
Title: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
Theme: “Every car on the road is going somewhere. Maybe to work or maybe to the Mall. People in those cars are on a journey. Many of those journeys are important. The sad thing is that most people are not on a journey they are just taking a ride. The real question is, do you know where you are going in this life and in the life to come?”
* It is the final night of Jesus’ life. By this time tomorrow, Jesus will have been executed on the cross and placed in a tomb. The thirteenth chapter of John records the scene in the upper room.
* Judas has been identified as the betrayer and has been sent out. Jesus is left with the other eleven apostles. After telling them to love one another as Jesus has loved them, he tells them that he is going away and where he is going they cannot come (13:33).
* Peter wants to know why they cannot follow him (13:37) and Jesus responds by asking if they are ready to lay down their lives for him. This is where we pick up in the account as we begin John 14.
* The scene has not changed and the chapter break occurs in the very middle of Jesus’ conversation with his disciples about his leaving them.
* This morning I want to share with you three guarantees of Jesus:
1. Jesus has a destination in mind.
* Guarantee #1: "I GO" (vs 2) – that speaks of a place.
John 14:1-2, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
* Jesus is concerned about your mental troubles because unbelief is their source. The primary source of our trouble is our heart, it is our personality, our intellect/thinking. Our emotions and feelings and don’t forget our will and choices we make.
* Beloved, Jesus is preparing His Father’s house for our arrival. But this is not all that He is doing.
* There is room for all in His house. Jesus said, "In My Father's house are many dwelling places."
* Other versions say, "many mansions;" or "many rooms." The NLT says, "There is more than enough room in My Father's home."
* Everybody is welcome at his house.
* Now that we have been building here at FBCR I have a better understanding of the time required to accomplish your building program.
* How wide is His invitation? To whom does He extend welcome? Let God answer that in His word: Jesus summed it up:
John 6:37, “7 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
John 6:45, “It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me—“
* Beloved, there are other things that Jesus is taking care of in Heaven at this very moment.
John 20:16-18, “Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
* Jesus tells Mary that He has not yet ascended to the Father. There is a special event that needs to be taken care of and Jesus is mentioning this.
* Notice as well that Jesus tells Mary something beautiful in verse 17; “My father and your Father, My God and your God.” This the work of Jesus our Savor.
Hebrews 8:1-2, “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.
Hebrews 9:11-12, “But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.”
Hebrews 7:25, “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
2. Jesus will come again and take all Believers to be with Him.
• Guarantee #2: "I WILL" (vs 3) - that speaks of a promise.
John 14:3-4, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
* When it is time for us to move into our own prepared place, Jesus will escort us there and we won’t be faced with a botched reservation or no vacancy, or unready accommodation.
* And the reason Heaven is so universally believed in is because “(God) has set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) God has placed - inside of us - this idea that there’s got to be more than THIS! There’s got to be a place where God rewards those who love Him, and (of course) a place where God punishes those who don’t!
* So what will heaven be like? Well, ODDLY enough… the Bible doesn’t really tell us all that much. In fact, Paul implies that when he got to go see heaven “he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.” II Corinthians 12:4
ILLUS: Back in the 60’s there was a Russian Cosmonaut Major Titov who mocked our faith. He’d just returned from his trip into space (UP) and scoffed that he hadn’t seen God while he was there. Someone heard about that joked: “Well, if he’d stepped out of his space suit he’d have seen God!”
Psalm 14:2 “The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.”
3. Jesus is the way, truth and life.
• Guarantee #3: "I AM" (vs 6) - speaks of provision.
John 14:5-7, “5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
* Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way? Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’" But through Him, we have access; by grace, faith gives us the key and we're free to walk in!
* Jesus has the resources we need: He is the Way – so follow him. He is the Truth – so believe in him. He is the Life - so experience him!
Deuteronomy 30:19 - “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your children might live!”
* God gave us free will. Everyone’s going somewhere…and we get to decide where that somewhere will be. Have you decided where you want to go?
ALL IS WELL IN MY FATHERS HOUSE
Revelations 22: 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
The story’s told of the days when doctors visited their patients at home. It was obvious the patient didn’t have long to live… and as the doctor was about to leave, the sick man called out to him: "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Can you tell me what lies on the other side?" The doctor was very quiet for a moment and then said, "I don’t know." "You do not know? You are a Christian man and you do not know what is on the other side?" The doctor’s hand was on the handle of the door, and on the other side of there was this sound of scratching and whining. And as he opened the door a dog leaped into the room and jumped up on him… and eagerly licked his face. It was the doctor’s dog. He’d brought with him on this visit. Suddenly the Doctor realized how to answer the man’s question. "Did you see what my dog just did? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that I was here, and when the door opened he sprang in without fear. I know very little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing: I know my Master is there, and that is enough. And when the door opens, I’ll pass through with no fear, but with gladness.”
JESUS SAID WHAT: SERIES OVERVIEW
Tagline: The “I AM” Statements of Jesus
Synopsis: Jesus taught us many great things about how we should live and how we
should treat other people. But some of the most important things He spoke were the
things he told us about who He was – God himself.
Memory Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrew
I AM. . .
Scripture: John 8:42-59, Jesus Claims About Himself
To the people of the Old Testament – Abraham, Joseph, Moses – God was the great “I
AM.” When Jesus said, “before Abraham was born, I AM!” he was telling the people that
he was God himself – he was with the Father from the beginning of time.
The Bread of Life
Scripture: John 6:32-42, 60-69, The Bread of Life
After Jesus fed the 5,000, he told the people “I AM the Bread of Life.” Just as we need
to eat food for our physical health, we need Jesus for our spiritual health.
The Light of the World
Scripture: John 8:12-20, The Light of the World
Light allows us to see and keeps us from stumbling in the dark. Many people in this
world live in spiritual darkness because of sin. Jesus is the Light of the World who
exposes sin and shows us the good and right way to live.
The Gate for the Sheep
Scripture: John 10:7-10, The Gate for the Sheep
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are described as His sheep. Jesus is the Gate.
Only through a relationship with Jesus can we enter into the sheep pen and become one
of God’s people too.
JESUS SAID WHAT: SERIES OVERVIEW
The Good Shepherd
Scripture: John 10:11-18, The Good Shepherd
A shepherd feeds, cares for, and protects his sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and
we are his sheep. Jesus went so far as to lay down his life for his sheep.
Objective: Kids will learn that Jesus laid down his life for us.
The Resurrection and the Life
Scripture: John 11:17-44, Jesus Raises Lazarus
Jesus performed a miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead. He also gave us a great
promise when he said: “I AM the resurrection and the life.” He was saying that everyone
who believes in Jesus will have eternal life.
The Way, The Truth, and The Life
Scripture: John 14:1-7, The Way to the Father
People get confused thinking there are many different ways to God. BUT Jesus said
that the only way to the Father and to live with Him in heaven is through Jesus. Jesus is
the Way, the Truth, and The Life.
Scripture: John 15:1-17, The Vine and the Branches
The branches of a plant cannot survive unless they are continually connected to the
main vine. Jesus is the Vine. To live a holy, fruitful, and happy life, we need to be
constantly connected to Him.