Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7
“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 promised His disciples that He would come again and take them to be with Him where He was in glory. He wanted to clarify things with them — “And you know the way to where I am going” (v. 4). You can’t help but love Thomas, who replied — “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?” (v. 5) Surely by this time the disciples knew that Jesus was going back to His Father in heaven. And surely they knew the way to get there — by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. But it seems that they needed further direction and assurance.
So, Jesus spelled it out — “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It cannot be any clearer. Jesus is the only way to eternal life — “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Some claim that there are many paths to heaven. We know from Jesus’ claims that this is not true.
Every other religion in the world teaches a works-righteousness way to salvation. People are being told that they can earn God’s favor through works. However, it is impossible to earn our salvation, for we owe God too much. We can never make atonement for all the sins we have committed. There must be a qualified atoning sacrifice that satisfies the justice of God — one that is pure and sinless. Jesus Christ is the spotless Lamb of God who takes away our sins. He alone is qualified to be our substitute. He alone is the way to eternal life.
We can believe this because Jesus Christ is the truth. He is the source of all truth. Jesus said — “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31,32). Jesus Himself is the truth and He has revealed His truth in Scripture. We can believe all that He says and all that He promises us.
Jesus is also the life — “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). Jesus is the source of all life for He is the Creator of it. And He alone is the way to eternal life — “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Lord Jesus, I know that You are the only way to eternal life. I affirm my faith in You as the sole means of my salvation. I am thankful that You are the source of all truth. I have no reason to doubt anything You have said or promised. You are the very essence of life and You are the only way for me to have eternal life. Thank You for taking my place and paying for my sins. Thank You for making a way for me to the Father.
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