John 14.6 cont.
6 Jesus said to him: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Greek word for life is Zoe, and in the Bible it always refers to the life that God gives and which He sustains. Without God there is no life. When God created Adam out of the dust of the earth He breathed His breath into his nostrils. Genesis 2.7 tells us that God:
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being – (NIV).
“The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” – Job 1.27 (NLT).
Every human being is only alive because of the breath that God has put within us.
It is so easy for us to take for granted the breath that we have, unless we have breathing difficulties. We rarely stop to think about our next breath. I’m conscious of it now, because I’m writing about it.
We tend to be conscious of breathing when we are doing rigorous exercise, nut generally we do not stop to think about the breath of life that is within us.
Every breath that we take is a gift of God.
The Psalmist tells us that the idols (gods) of this world have mouths, but there is no breath in them.
However, God is the author of all life, it is He who constantly inflates our lungs with His breath, the breath of life, and this is both physical and spiritual breath.
The disciples, like the Jews would have been very aware of this, therefore, when Jesus tells them that He is the Life, it is another claim by Jesus to be one with the Father, the co-author of life.
John had already stated this at the beginning of his gospel:
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men – John 1.4.
Not only are we physically alive because He gives us the breath of life, but our spiritual life comes from Him also.
Just as we are physically alive because He breaths His breath into us, likewise we can only have life in our spirits because He breaths His eternal breath into us, and He does this through the Holy Spirit. This happens the moment that we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
We receive His spiritual life when we are born again.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me – Galatians 2.20 (NLT).