The Way, The Truth, and The Life

by | Jul 26, 2020 | I AM, Study

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Week 6

Last week we studied Jesus’ claim, “I AM the resurrection and the life,” in John 11.

John 11:25-26
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”

Jesus said these words to Martha in response to the death of Lazarus, making the claim to be the God who can raise both the body and the soul to life. He then proved that He is indeed who He claims to be by raising Lazarus back to life.

In John 14, Jesus continues to stress that He and the Father are one – that He is God. He also talks about His preparation for a future destination (John 14:2-4) and tells His disciples about numerous things that will happen after His ascension, including the arrival of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31). Our focus this week, however, will be on an amazing and exclusive claim about Himself that Jesus makes in John 14:6 – I AM the way, the truth, and the life.

Observation

What does the text say?

This stage of learning involves reading repetitively to gain familiarity with the text and looking for detail. We look for any words or phrases that are repeated. We may need to use a dictionary to look up definitions of words we may not fully understand. We look for key transition words (if/then, therefore, but) and see how they connect the text. We write out any questions that arise because it is okay to have questions as you study.

Interpretation

What does the text mean?

This stage of learning involves inferring things from the text beyond what it says. While it is easy to read a blog or listen to a sermon and get the answer, we want to use our own minds in this process. We do our best to answer, allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture. We look up cross-references to better answer the question, “what does this mean?”

Application

How should this change me?

While we are now looking at how to apply the text to ourselves, this stage of learning is drawn from a God-centered perspective. We ask questions like- What does this teach me about God? Is there an example to follow? Is there a sin to avoid? Is there a promise to claim? While it is more natural for us to look at others and how the text would apply to them, we must apply the text to ourselves first and foremost. It is only after our own personal application that we are equipped to share how it works in the lives of others.

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