Jesus said it, and he couldn’t have been clearer: I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. (John 14:6) This is one of the most comforting passages in the Bible for me. But in our world today, I’d suspect it’s one of the most controversial.
The Way – Christianity itself was at first called “the Way,” and that name makes a lot of sense. Like the one-way sign pictured on this post, following Jesus is the only way. He’s the only way to eternal life and the only way to God the Father. Other religions can talk about God, but without Jesus they do not have the true God. All people and religions do not pray to the same God or have different ways to the same place. No, there is one way, and it is in Christ alone.
The Truth – Pontius Pilate famously asked Jesus on Good Friday morning, “What is truth?” Our post-modernist society tends to side with Pilate. Truth is subjective to so many. In fact, even the existence of absolute truth that cannot be broken is denied. But in Jesus, we have the Truth. Not a truth that some believe and others discard. But the only truth. Everything that goes against him is a lie.
The Life – Of course it was just Easter, which many now equate with Spring and the “new life” on the earth. But Easter is about the Life – Jesus. Because he lives, we will live. Many strive for immortality. Many religions talk about eternal life. But true eternal life is only found in Jesus. He was perfect in our place. He paid for our sins in his suffering and death. And by his payment he showed that our debt has been paid in full. He gives us true life now and forever!
So, yes, no one can come to the Father except through Jesus. The world might not like to hear it. It might be considered close-minded or arrogant. But it is God’s Word, and it is the truth. Jesus is the only Way.