I was studying this verse and thinking about Jesus, when He said, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
One of my favorite Bible study tools is the www.BlueLetterBible.org. Wonderful way to research! So I discovered that the word Jesus used in this verse was the Greek word “hodos”.
Strong’s G3598 – hodos
|“You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I AM the Way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:4
|The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. Hebrews 9:8|
|Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised us is faithful.” Hebrews 10:20-23|
Looking in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for the way is “derek”… check out the interesting thing I discovered in the NIV text note!
Strong’s H1870 – derek
|Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21|
|And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:8
NIV text note: Isaiah 35:8 “the Way of Holiness: the way set apart for those who are holy; only the redeemed (v9) could use it. In ancient times, certain roads between temples were open only to those who were ceremonially pure.”
So by his instruction to Thomas, Jesus was not only showing that He was the Way into the presence of God – formerly the Holy of Holies, the Most Holy Place – but He was fulfilling Old Testament scripture again, by referring to Isaiah 35:8-10. He is the prepared Way, the “highway” to God’s temple in Zion, which the unclean/unredeemed may not walk upon. Only the ransomed, those walking His Way, will enter Zion with singing, everlasting gladness and joy, with no more sorrow. Sound familiar? Sounds like Revelation…