Originally Posted by u-dog
When Jesus speaks in this Gospel he is speaking as the Divine Word. He is speaking as the second person of the Trinity. In other words, it is not Jesus of Nazareth who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, it is the LOGOS who he embodies that is the Way, the Truth, and the LIGHT. I don't believe that Jesus is the ONLY manifestation of the Logos in the world ... just that he is the full and complete incarnation of it.
I love this. I love, love, love this.
Yes, Jesus is the "Son", but, if we take a trinitarian point of view, he is also God. So, it only follows that "I" can be read as plural, but it actually makes more sense as singular.
Jay and I just had a discussion about how Jesus -- in the "New" Testament -- shows up to communicate in a way that is much more direct and understandable than the way the Holy Spirit had been communicating in the "Old" Testament.
It's interesting to think of the Trio being originally a Duet! Burning bushes may work for Moses, but your everyday folk need something a little more grounded in their reality -- hence a baby in a manger who charms us and a man who willingly goes to the Cross.
But, at the end of the day, it's God speaking to us -- God, plural, and God, singular...all at the same time.
Jesus Christ wasn't kidding when he said there were things we could not yet understand. I take him at his word.