Jesus is in the upper room with his disciples celebrating the Passover. Jesus knows the time is near for his death. He shares this conversation with his followers:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God. Believe in me also. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If this were not true, would I have told you that I am going there? Would I have told you that I would prepare a place for you there? If I go and do that, I will come back. And I will take you to be with me. Then you will also be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. So how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father also. From now on, you do know him. And you have seen him.” (John 14:1-7 NIRV).
When Jesus declared himself the way, the truth, and the life, he was not just telling people that they ought to believe in him to be saved. Those words had an important meaning to the Jewish people. Jesus was describing himself as the living Word of God.
At the beginning of his ministry, he called the disciples saying, “Follow me.” As he prepares his followers for his departure from this earth, he tells them to continue to follow him.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”(John 14:6 NRSV)
O Christ, the way, the truth, the life, Show me the living way, That in the tumult and the strife, I may not go astray. Teach me Thy truth, O Christ, my light, The truth that makes me free That in the darkness and the night, My trust shall be in Thee. The life that Thou alone canst give, Impart in love to me, That I may in Thy presence live, And ever be like Thee. Words by George L. Squier
This lesson’s craft and activity pages highlight that we are all on a journey following Jesus. Like all travelers, we need signposts along the way to point us in the right direction and remind us that Jesus is the way truth and life.
Craft Supplies Needed for Signpost Craft:
- Printed copies of craft
- Crayons or Markers
For more activities, visit the shop for The Way Truth and Life Activity Pack.
The shop also offers Children’s Worship Bulletins following a lesson from the lectionary each week.