John 14: 5-7.
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.
I have long been fascinated by this conversation among Jesus and His disciples. After all they had heard and seen of Him, walking with Him daily, they still didn’t completely understand what was about to happen, or why it was happening.
Jesus had just spoken with Peter, and told him, “You know where I’m going, and you know the way!”
Then Thomas speaks, and says, “Lord, we DON’T know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” This was not rebellion or debate on Thomas’ part. In fact, he was being honest with Jesus, clearly not yet understanding what was taking place. He asked the question without fear of a negative response from Jesus, but confident that Jesus would help him understand.
The next verse is one that children learn in Sunday school in churches that teach the Bible clearly:
“I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.”
I remember learning this same song when I was very young:
Jesus didn’t say that He would show us a way; He said that He is the way. He didn’t promise to teach us a truth; He said that He is the truth. Jesus didn’t offer us the secrets to life; He said that He is the life.
David Guzik, BlueletterBible.com
I think David Guzik summed it up perfectly. Jesus’ statements in response to Thomas’ question were direct, clear, and to the point.
Then Jesus made a dynamite statement, especially to His band of Jewish disciples: No man comes to God but through Me!
This was a radical idea for men who had been reared in the Jewish law of sacrifices, rituals, and traditions. Was Jesus saying none of that would get them to heaven? Yes! And there are millions even today who will say, “Well, yes, I know you have to believe on Jesus, but you also have to. . . .” and then they will recite creeds and rules that Jesus never taught. In fact, the last verse in today’s passage says, “If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.”
In my own words: “If you had truly known and understood Who I AM, then you would also have known My Father! You have seen Me, and through Me you have seen the Father.”
It seems very clear to us now, but don’t forget–they hadn’t yet seen the ultimate proof of the love of God as Jesus accepted the cross and gave up His life for us. That is yet to come.