Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
I. LIFE IN CHRIST. As the life of the mother is imparted to the child, so Christ's life is imparted to the Christian. Baptism symbolizes our being born in Christ, and the Lord's Supper symbolizes our being fed by Him. Both exhibit a common life between the believer and Christ. In this lies the security of the Christian. If you saw a rill running down a mountain side, you might wonder if that stream would not soon cease to run; but if you found out that a fountain fed it, then you could readily believe that it would keep on running, and that, whatever obstacles might cross its course, it would go on and on toward the ocean. Christ is the eternal fountain — the life of the soul (Romans 8:38, 39).
II. LIFE ON CHRIST Some plants grow on that on which they lean. So the life of Christ is to the Christian a support and a supply. This life is given to us through —
1. The Word. The words of the Bible are life. Christ is in them. There is not a word here in which, if you go down deep enough, you will not find Christ, as there is not a spot of ground where, if you go down deep enough, you cannot find water.
2. The Sacraments. We do not value these as highly as we ought. In the sixth chapter we read that if we partake of Christ we shall live. This, of course, is but the outward expression of the infinite truth. There is an inward oneness with Christ revealed in the sacraments. We can never understand this union unless we have experienced it.
III. LIFE FOR CHRIST. No one can realize Christ's worth to his soul until He works for Him, until he consecrates his life to Him. In consecration Christ is revealed.
IV. LIFE WITH CHRIST. The entire life of the Saviour, from Bethlehem to Calvary, is, I may say, an allegory, a mould in which the Christian's life is cast. Christ was born: the Christian is born in Him, etc. We have no trial that Christ did not experience. We can roll all our burdens on Christ, who is by our side.
(J. A. M. Chapman.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.