Jesus tells us in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.”
Let’s stop for a minute and think about that claim. He says, “I am the way.” He claims that He is the “truth and the life.” Then He goes on to state, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Wow! Those are strong statements. Is this Jesus guy arrogant? Is He crazy? Or is He something much more? And who is this Father He keeps referencing?
Let’s start with the Father. It doesn’t take a Bible scholar to realize that He’s talking about God. The Creator of all that is, was, and will be. The God that created the mountains, rivers, sun, moon, stars, sons and daughters, and puppies. The God that created you. The God that has a plan and purpose for your life. He’s the God that is relentlessly pursuing you and offers love that we’ll never completely understand. The Supreme Authority of all we see and don’t see.
Some would say, “Yeah, the same God that all world religions believe in. I get it.”
But wait a minute. Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” He’s claiming that He is the way – the only way. He is the truth. He is the life.
Does truth operate on a sliding scale of verity and fact? Or is there such a thing as absolute truth? Is truth a matter of taste? Is truth merely an opinion? Is your approach to God the same as your approach to ice cream? I like chocolate and you like vanilla. Great! We’re both living a truthful life. Sound ridiculous?
The fact that we as humans seem to constantly be looking for truth should be evidence that ultimate truth exists. Opinion is opinion. Truth is something else.
So how could Jesus be so arrogant and say that He and only He is the way? Isaiah 53:3-6 says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
You see? Jesus humbled Himself by becoming man. He healed us. He loved us. He died a horrible death for us. He bled His lifeblood for us. He endured unimaginable pain and suffering in our place. Does he have the right to say, “I am the way?” Is He arrogant? Or is He the ultimate truth?
The Father offers us life. Jesus has shown us the way and has proven His love. And that is truth.