Sermon: The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:1–14)
After reading the Gospel of John up to this point, we might start to think that Jesus is permanently subordinate to his Father. Many times, Jesus has insisted that he neither speaks on his own authority (John 5:31; 7:17; 8:14, 18; 12:49), nor acts on his own authority (John 5:19, 30; 7:28; 8:28, 42, 54), but that he only does his Father’s will (John 4:34; 5:19, 30; 6:38; 8:28, 38). Furthermore, Jesus seeks to glorify his Father (John 8:50; 12:28), while he puts himself in the position of a slave in relation to his Father and even to his disciples (John 13:1–11). Is Jesus nothing more than an errand boy for the Father? Is he like the prophets, priests, and kings of old—a servant of Yahweh, but in no way approaching Yahweh himself?
In fact, the biblical testimony about Jesus is much more glorious than that. He serves the Father, speaks for the Father, acts according to the prompting of his Father, and leads us to the Father, but he does so much more than that. In John 14:1–14, Jesus proclaims that he reconciles us to the Father, he reveals the Father to us, and he reigns on behalf of his Father. Much more than a mere servant, Jesus manifests the Father.