Many people today seem to think that Jesus was a groovy teacher whose ultimate mission was to teach the Golden Rule. Others say he came to show us the way to the good life—how we can all achieve our best life now. But what are we to do with Jesus’ words when he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”? On this program the hosts will discuss the Old Testament background to these words and will discuss the profound theological significance of this claim as well as other statements that we find in chapter 14 of John’s Gospel.
Shane Rosenthal: “… If you think about conquest, Jesus is the new Joshua. What’s the first thing Joshua does when he comes into the land? They surround this place called Jericho, and the walls come crumbling down. What does Jesus say in the Olivet Discourse? He says not one stone shall be left upon another. In other words, the old system has got to fall apart. It’s going to be done away with because he is the new temple. He is the new lamb. He is the manna. He’s the water.”
Term to Learn
A theological term used to refer to either a visible or auditory manifestation of God. Visible manifestations include an angel appearing in human form (Judg. 13); a flame in the burning bush (Exod. 3:2–6); and fire, smoke, and thunder on Mount Sinai (Exod. 19:18–20). Auditory manifestations include the voice of God in the garden (Gen. 3:8), the still small voice to Elijah (1 Kings 19:12–18), and the voice from heaven at the baptism of Jesus (Matt. 3:17).
God takes the initiative in theophany, never revealing himself completely, and usually only in a temporary rather than permanent way. A permanent manifestation like the incarnation of Christ made theophanies less necessary and accounts for their diminished importance in the NT.
(Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, s.v. “Theophany.”)