Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NIV)
John 14:6 (NIV)
After seven houses, you would think I'd have a pretty good grasp on what it takes to buy a new property. Not so. With each house in a different state, I've had the opportunity to learn something new about the world of real estate with each purchase. One theme seems to runs consistently through what I've learned, however--what is claimed isn't always what is real.
While a "rebuilt" grinder pump implies "like new," it may, in fact, indicate the septic unit will need replacement six months after moving into the house. A "refaced" fireplace hearth most certainly provides an up-to-date look to a living room. Unfortunately, the rusty, neglected 50-year-old firebox behind the facade may require that the fireplace, remodeled hearth and all, be gutted and replaced before it can be used. A property claiming "homestead" status could result in an additional $3,600 in annual taxes if it is identified inaccurately on state tax rolls.
Thank goodness this isn't so with the claims of Jesus Christ.
In the New Testament book of John, the Gospel writer gives a portrait of Jesus as the Son of God who came to earth to reveal the Father and to bring eternal life to all who believe in Him. John 14:6 records one of seven self-revelations Jesus made: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Jesus emphatically states that presently and eternally He alone is the way to God the Father. He is not a way among others from which to choose or a possible option to consider. Nor does He say "I show the way..." Jesus is the exclusive path to God open to all who believe in Him.
How can Jesus make such a claim? He is God. He is the image of the invisible God...by Him all things were created...He is before all things...in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:15-20). He and the Father are one (John 14:9).
Christ is Himself the vital link between heaven and earth. Apart from His teaching (the truth) and His work (the life) there is no salvation. What Jesus is cannot be separated from what He does; consequently, believing or not believing His claim makes the revelation no less true. It is what it is.
If you're questioning His claim, dear friend, take some time to get to know Jesus in the pages of His Word. As the writer James instructs us, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God" (James 1:5). Our heavenly Father is ready and willing to show us the way through Jesus.
Blessings, dear friend.