Just when you think Jesus’ claims could not get any bolder, they do! First He declared He was sent by God (John 8:42). Then Jesus claimed that He was God’s Son, and one with the Father (John 10:34-38). These first three bold claims were made in public to large groups of people. Now, Jesus makes a claim of exclusivity heard only by His disciples, stating that He is the only way to the Father. When it comes to following Jesus, this may well be the point of no return!
Must Go Through ‘A’ to Get to ‘B’
In John 14:6, Jesus said, ”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus said this just once, and only to His disciples, yet it is probably one of the most well-known statements made by Him. By saying He is the only way to the Father, Jesus said that no one gets to heaven except through Him. The term ‘through’ Him means to come to Jesus, believe in Jesus, accept Him as your Savior, and give Him your life in exchange for His new life in you. There is no backdoor to the Kingdom, which Jesus clearly told us in the parable of the Good Shepherd in John 10:1-9.
Accept, Reject, or Dilute?
Like me, maybe reading this scripture makes your heart sing, that your Savior would clearly, boldly, and definitively make this statement! His bold claim takes away any doubt that He is the way, the truth, and the life, the one that every human soul was designed to know and love. No heart will be complete until they understand and embrace Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life, because no one will come to the Father except through Jesus.
Just as we were created by a loving Father, this same Father loved us so much that He provided a way to find our way back home, to Him, and live with Him for all eternity (Genesis 1:27, John 3:16); in a place where there will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4). In short, to come to the Father is our destiny!
However, if you are on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps reading this scripture causes you to scoff and say, ‘Whatever!’ Or, you may be someone in between; someone who has heard the gospel and yet remains in the middle, not certain if you believe Jesus or not. Perhaps you believe Jesus was who He said He was, but have not yet given your life to Him. Or, you may have heard the Gospel, but chose to dismiss Jesus as simply a great prophet or teacher. If that is the case, ask yourself, “How could Jesus be a great prophet or teacher if He said things like, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ”? If Jesus said this, and it was not true, saying it would make Him insane, not someone to be held out as a great prophet or teacher!
Call to Action
If you are somewhere in the middle, still uncertain about who Jesus was, read John 14:6 again. If you have previously dismissed Jesus as simply a great prophet, teacher, or a very moral person, read this scripture and think again! This is an unsupportable position by anyone who has read even a small portion of what Jesus said. Dare to read more and debunk this ‘in between’ position. Dare to bring yourself to the point of saying “Yes” or “No” to Jesus, based on who He said He was.