The gospel of John contains several of what are commonly referred to as “I am” statements of Jesus.  For example: “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35); “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12); “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11); “I am the vine.” (John 15:5); etc.  
   John 14:6 contains another of Jesus’ “I am” statements.   But before looking at the statement, let’s note the setting in which it is spoken.  Jesus has been trying to prepare His disciples for His imminent departure from them.   He will soon be betrayed (by one of them), arrested, and crucified.  After three days He will arise from the dead and appear to His disciples over a period of forty days.  He will then ascend back to the side of His heavenly Father from whom He came.  To comfort and encourage His disciples in their sorrow and confusion, Jesus tells them to not be troubled about what He has told them.  Just trust in Him like they trust in God.  He reassures them He is going back to His Father to prepare a place for them so that one day when He returns they will join Him there for eternity.  He also tells them that they know the way to where He is going (John 14:1-4).  Still confused, Thomas declares they don’t know where He is going, so how can they know the way (John 14:5).  Jesus’ response is the “I am” statement we want to consider.  Jesus tells them, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6a).”  This “I am” statement is threefold in nature.
First, Jesus is “the way” to the Father.  There are only two paths to choose from to follow that result in one of two corresponding spiritual destinations (Matthew 7:13-14).  One path follows the way of the world and results in death and destruction.  The other is the path that Jesus trod and left as an example for us to follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21).  Jesus is the gate through which we must enter into the Father’s presence (John 10:1-9).  Jesus tells His listeners in Luke 9:24 that anyone who wants to come to Him must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Him.
Second, Jesus is “the truth” that leads to the Father.  God’s word is truth (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17).   At the very beginning of his gospel, John declares, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).  He goes on to tell his readers (talking about Jesus) that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).    Our receiving of and response to the truth (Jesus) determines our eternal destiny.  John 12:47-50 tells us that it is by Jesus’ words, given by His Father’s command, that man will be judged.  
   Third, Jesus is “the life.”  Without Jesus there is no life.   John goes on in the first few verses of His gospel to tell us that the Word that became flesh was there in “the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) taking part in the creation of life (John 1:1-4).  Colossians 1:15-17 tells us that in Jesus all things hold together.  The writer of Hebrews tells us Jesus is the sustainer of all things (Hebrews 1:3) and the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (Hebrew 5:9).   
Sometimes the word “the” may not seem like it is all that important to what is being said.  But, in John 14:6 “the” has great importance.  The definite article “the” indicates exclusivity.  Jesus didn’t say that He is ‘a way’ to the Father, or ‘a part’ of truth, or ‘one option’ among others for life.  No!  He is “the way” and “the truth” and “the life.”  Period!  He goes on to say in John 14:6b that, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”  There is no other way to the Father.  Only Jesus can bring one to His Father.
The story is told that following the American Civil War, a dejected confederate soldier was sitting outside the grounds of the White House.  A young boy approached him and inquired why he was so sad.  The soldier related how he had repeatedly tried to see President Lincoln to tell him why he was unjustly deprived of certain lands in the South following the war.  On each occasion as he attempted to enter the White House, the guards crossed their bayoneted guns in front of the door and turned him away.  The boy motioned to the old soldier to follow him.  When they approached the entrance, the guards came to attention, stepped back and opened the door for the boy.  He proceeded to the library where the President was resting and introduced the soldier to his father.  The boy was Tad Lincoln.  The soldier had gained an audience with the President through the President’s son.  
It is through Jesus, God’s only begotten Son (John 3:16), that we have access to the heavenly Father.   Jesus is the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one will see the Father except through Him.