Yeshua (Jesus) is The Way to What!?
R. Yehudah ben Shomeyr
John 14:6 CJB Yeshua said, "I AM the Way -- and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me.
First off, Yeshua is the emanation of YHWH Elohim (The LORD GOD) Himself. He is the “I AM”!
Exd. 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
John 8:58 Jesus (Yeshua) said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Secondly, Yeshua is, “The Way.” This is another way of saying and symbolizing Halacha; the way one obeys the Torah.
Yeshua said numerous time to follow Him (Matt. 4:19, 9:9, 16:24, 19:21, Mark 2:13, 8:34, 10:21, Luke 5:27, 9:23, 59, 18:22, John 1:43, 10:27, 12:26, 21:19)
Matt. 7:14b narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Yeshua’s Halacha, His Way is very specific in regards to how to obey the Torah.
Thirdly, Yeshua is the Truth.
John 18:38a Pilate saith unto him (Yeshua), What is truth?
What is the Truth? Torah!
Psa. 119:142 Thy righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, and thy law [is] the truth.
What is the Torah? God’s Word! The Truth!
Psa. 119:43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Num 23:19a God [is] not a man, that he should lie;
Heb. 6:18a That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie,
Who is Yeshua? The Living Manifestation of the Written Word (Torah)!
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So Yeshua is Truth!
Yeshua said He was the Life as well. What is Life?
Deut. 32:46b - 47a Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it (Torah) is not a vain thing for you; because it [is] your life:
The Torah! Words of Life!
John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
So Torah is Life as well as Yeshua is Life. Yeshua is the Living Manifestation of the Written Torah. He is the TRUE WAY to follow the WAY of LIFE which is the TORAH! We walk in the WAY of LIFE by walking in Yeshua’s footsteps, by walking the WAY He walked and lived out the TORAH.
What was Israel’s way to GOD at Sinai? The Written Torah, GOD’s Word! What is the way to GOD as presented in the verse of John 14:6? Walking the Torah as Yeshua did! HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY HIM!
The TORAH has NOT been done away with, but a covenant renewed and made more clear and specific by Messiah.
The Torah and Messiah are inseparable; they are The True Way to Life and Salvation.
Matt. 5:17-28, 43-48 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart… Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.