Jesus says, “I am the Way”. He does not say, “I show the way”. He is himself the way. He is God’s way to us. Through him, God comes to us in lowliness to reconcile us to himself. But here, Jesus is speaking specifically about being our way to his Father. We come to the Father only through him. He opened the way for us in himself and returned to his Father taking us with him into God’s holy presence as the new and living way. Truly, he IS the Way.
Jesus says, “I am the Truth. He speaks the truth and does the truth AS the truth in human flesh. Jesus is in himself the true God and the true man and the true oneness of God and humanity. In that way he is the truth who encounters us personally as the truth by the Spirit of truth. Jesus really IS the truth and if he (the truth) sets us free we are free indeed.
Jesus says, “I am the Life”. He came to give life in fullness and he is that life as the living God. He is also the life as the risen God-human who is alive for ever more as one of us. As the Spirit brings us into living union with him we share in the life that he is. We pass from death to life so that we walk with him in newness of life. We live in him as our life and he lives in us as our life. Indeed, As Paul tells us, he is our life and when he appears we shall appear with him in glory sharing in the life that he is with his Father in the Spirit (Colossians 3:2).