Theologians At Lunch

The Way, The Truth and the Life: with Jon Bergmann

This Advent, we have been reflecting each day on a different name used to describe Jesus. One of the more puzzling things Jesus calls himself is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I’ve been a Christian for a little while now, and one thing I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of people who are very concerned about finding the Truth. They’re searching for this big, concrete, objective thing. Often so that they can rest in the fact that they have found the “right” way to live. It’s strange to me that often these people, who are so committed to what they call truth, have the tendency to be the most rigid, inflexible and oftentimes abrasive people.

When I look at how Jesus describes truth, and his startling assertion that: “I am the way, the truth and the life,” I’m reminded that the truth we are searching for is not an objective statement of fact. Rather it is a living, breathing person. Jesus also shows us that when we follow the way, and find the truth – it brings life. Truth always leads to life, and life is always filled with love.


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