The Way

Jesus was preparing the disciples for his death. He told them that he would prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. Thomas spoke up and asked Jesus a question that may have been on the minds of all the disciples. Thomas said, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (John 14:5). Jesus responded to Thomas’ question in the following verse.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

Jesus is the only way to God. He was fully God and fully man. Being God, he died as a perfect, sinless sacrifice. Being man, he died as our substitute. He alone can pay sin’s penalty for man.

Some may conclude that only one way to heaven is a bit narrow-minded on God’s part. Think of it this way. Suppose you are caught in a burning building. The fire has caused a fallen ceiling to block the only exit. Try as you might; you cannot escape. You are hopelessly trapped. Exhausted, you lie on the floor to wait for the inevitable. But then you hear an instrument pounding on the other side of the wall. Muffled voices are yelling for you to respond. In a daring rescue, a fireman knocks a hole in the wall large enough for you to crawl to safety. “Let’s go,” he calls out through the smoke, “we have to hurry! Follow me!” But you refuse to go. “Are you kidding me?” you ask. “You only knocked one hole in the wall to get out of here? Kind of narrow-minded of you, Mr. Fireman!” Ridiculous isn’t it! Caught in a burning building, you would be more than happy to escape through the one and only hole in the wall. And when you reached safety, you would thank the fireman profusely for risking his life to provide that one way out.

Jesus is the one way to God. He provided the only way by dying for our sin on the cross. Some may call that “narrow-minded.” Christians call it grace.

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for leaving heaven itself to take on flesh and die as my substitute on the cross. Thank you for providing the way to the Father. I am forever grateful!

In your name, I pray. Amen.


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