Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - JOHN 14:6
I love the exclusive claims of Christ and, I must admit, I’m frequently taken aback when people caricature Jesus as something other than what he himself claimed to be. There’s a somewhat surprising mischaracterization today of Jesus by many folks, a sort of pop-culture assumption of Jesus as some “nice guy,” some well-meaning first century sage who only affirmed everyone and talked about peace, love, and social advocacy. Although these things are well and good, and to a certain degree Jesus did hit on such topics, what is striking is simply how ignorant the common masses really are regarding the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus. He certainly was the embodiment of kindness, but he was not “nice” in our conventional way of thinking about it. Jesus indeed “spoke truth to power,” but he also called everyone unto repentance and ultimately unto Himself. There were times when Jesus said things that left his audience with an unavoidable fork in the road: either what he said would be taken as truth or it would be contorted in some way and simply explained away. John 14:6 is one of these claims.
Jesus is The Way. The word “way” in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek could mean a trail, a path, or some sort of route someone could take to get from one place to another. It would be easy for some to try to reduce Jesus down to “a way” (among others), but the definite article (“the”) in the statement makes it impossible to render this claim in some pluralistic fashion. There’s simply no way around The Way, for Jesus is The Way.
Jesus is The Truth. In a world such as ours, one that increasingly embraces “truth as relative,” Jesus’ claim to be “The Truth” makes our fellow neighbors not only nervous, but repulsed. His exclusive claim to be the ground of all that is True—the basis for all ultimate reality—is an affront to our culture’s sensibilities. But for us who believe, it is the bedrock foundation upon which our faith and existence is sustained. In an ever-changing world, our Lord is unchanging and unwavering.
Jesus is The Life. Think of this: All life hangs on the LIFE of God. Jesus’ claim to be Life Itself is nothing short of a claim to be God. Those who think Jesus never claimed the status of divinity simply have not read the New Testament in its entirety. If someone craves Eternal Life, one must go through the Person who is the foundation of life. If one truly wants to spend everlasting life in heaven, it can only be done through Jesus Christ.
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The exclusive claims of Christ provide the foundation for unshakeable Hope.