I am the way, and the truth/alētheia, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:5-6
Jesus went to His death for all who believe in the One who spoke those words. Jesus spoke those words to his disciples the night he went to the cross.
Moses brought the Law. “Grace and truth were realized through Yeshua the Messiah.”
14 The Word became flesh and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the only born Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 Yochanan testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’ ” 16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace. 17 For the Torah was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Yeshua the Messiah. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only born Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has declared him. John 1:14-18
“No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of God,” John 3:13-18
The truth is in Messiah Jesus.
Jesus is the truth of the gospel of the kingdom—the heavenly things of eternal life. During the three years of his public ministry, Jesus declared the way, the truth, and the life in kingdom and new covenant terms people could understand and apply in their way of life. He backed it up with his life example and willingly went to His death for all who believe.
God saved us by his grace. The moment we believed, God made us alive. (Eph 2:1-10). “For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them” (Eph 2:10). Thus, we can comprehend the truth is in Jesus, put away life without truth and “put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth” (Eph 4:24).
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles (Pagans) also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts. They, having become callous, gave themselves up to lust, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But you didn’t learn Messiah that way, if indeed you heard him and were taught in him, even as truth is in Yeshua: that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, who in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth. Ephesians 4:17-24
For the joy that was set before him, Jesus endured the cross.
Doing as the Father commanded (John 14:23-31, Jesus shed his blood for the remission of sins and ushered in thee new covenant (Mt 26:28). He had faith in his Father.
The faith chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 11, commends the acts of faith of a number of God’s old covenant people. It provides context for Hebrews 12, encouraging us to follow their example and “run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” Then, urges us to look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith and walk in faith.
1 Therefore let’s also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let’s run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Yeshua, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don’t grow weary, fainting in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:1-4
The true obedience of love.
Jesus is our example of the true obedience of love. He teaches us “No one comes to the Father, except through me” (Jn 14:6) with the picture of the Vine, the vineyard keeper and the branches. We remain in Jesus love when we keep his commandments “even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love” (Jn 15:10).
The life flow of the Vine motivates and empowers us to bear much fruit. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit wells up within us. God’s nature and His power helps us love and be loved in word and in deed. We feel the tug of divine love prompting us to share God’s kindness, righteousness, and justice (Jer 9:24).
Jesus leads us to be fruitful branches of the Vine—loving one another, faithful, humble, kind, courteous, hospitable, forgiving, and helpful—life sharing fruit bearers. Thus, we supernaturally, naturally do the works of faith and walk in them.
Serving God by loving one another fulfills our deepest longings to be loved, and be useful and productive in the noble things of eternal importance. We get to live and walk in the mutually supportive environment created as we stay in Jesus’ love and bear fruit.
Jesus is the true vine.
Jesus taught this to his disciples and to us the night he was crucified.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer. 2 Every branch in me that doesn’t bear fruit, he takes away. Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If a man doesn’t remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.
8 “In this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples. 9 Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. 16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17 “I command these things to you, that you may love one another. 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his lord.’✡ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But they will do all these things to you for my name’s sake, because they don’t know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He who hates me, hates my Father also. 24 If I hadn’t done among them the works which no one else did, they wouldn’t have had sin. But now they have seen and also hated both me and my Father. 25 But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was written in their law, ‘They hated me without a cause.’
26 “When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will testify about me. 27 You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:1-27