“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So declares Jesus in John’s Gospel.
One common phrase in the Bible is the term “good news.” We preach the good news. We want to hear the good news. Ever thought about that? What exactly is the GOOD NEWS? In our Acts readying today, we get one of the clearest pictures of what that is.
Peter addresses the crowd: “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power…handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.”
He goes on to speak of the fulfillment of Scripture and how he experienced the resurrection of the flesh – in his life! I would think this is pretty GOOD NEWS!
It is a wonderful way to begin our daily readings again, the day after Easter.
I can imagine the days following the resurrection were chaos. What was happening? What is God doing? How do we fit in? What’s next? But it appears the disciples got the story straightened out, and moved on pretty quickly. News of the empty tomb got out. The pieces of the puzzle began to be put together – scripture fulfilled, conquering of evil rather than a political king to destroy the Romans.
God was on the loose.
The words “I am the way, the truth, and the life” did not make much sense at the cross, but now these words take on new meaning as Jesus appears in his post-resurrection form. He walks, he talks, he makes the disciples breakfast.
He is out and about – unbridled, unbound, uncontrollable.
And most importantly, he lets us know that being “the way” is the best news of all – a way from death to new life – a life in which we are invited as well.