6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Out of all the things Jesus said I think the one above my be the hardest one for most people to accept. In these verses Jesus draws a line in the sand about humanity’s relationship to Him and to God. Also, in these verses Jesus reveals something about His very nature that is hard for many to accept, His divinity.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Here is the ultimate claim of Jesus. Jesus is the way. Jesus is the truth. Jesus is the life. No one will know God unless it is through knowing Jesus. There is one path. All other religions, all other schools of thought, all other philosophies, and all other causes will leave the seeker empty handed. Jesus is exclusive. The way to find God is not broad. It is narrow. One way. One path. One truth. One God. Jesus.
7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.
How can Jesus be the only way to God? I think verse 7 helps us out. Jesus is the only way to God, because He is God. Jesus says here if you know me you know God. If you have seen me you have seen God. Why is this significant? It is significant because God who is separated from humanity because of our sinful rebellion stepped into to time so that He could fellowship with us. So that He could teach us. So that he could lead us. So that he could become sin for us and save us.
What do we do with these verses then?
For me these verses take the Bible and the teaching of Jesus to the next level. Many in our world herald Jesus as a good moral teacher, and He is held as a Prophet in other religions, but at the end of the day Jesus boldly told crowds of followers and the established religious leaders and the Roman government that He was God and He was the only way to a life beyond this one. A bold claim.
Do you believe Him? You have to choose.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Heavenly Father, thank you. Thank you that in your abundant goodness you have provided a way. Thank you for your truth. Thank you for this life of forgiveness and reconciliation. Father, help us to stay on the narrow path that leads to life. Father, give us a greater measure of faith and empower us to be bold witnesses for the Kingdom. Father, touch those today that don’t know you and don’t call you Father. Thank you for your unending mercy. I pray in Jesus name. Amen.