Farewell: I am the way

Holy-Face-of-Jesus-23 I am the Way. In vv.6-11 we have the explanation the disciples seek. In v.6 there is a shift from the “where” (as in , “where you are going” – to the way to get there (“how can we known the way”). In response to this shift Jesus says “I am the way and the truth and the life.” This statement contains the sixth of seven ‘I am’ sayings with predicates in the Fourth Gospel (6:35, 48, 51; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). Fundamental to Jesus’ response to Thomas’ question was that Jesus himself is the way (and it this context that Jesus is the truth and the life seem to be supporting statements). Continue reading