by: Cindy Ford
“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’”
Billy Graham once said: “The cross is offensive because it confronts people. Even so, it’s a confrontation that all of us must face. There is no other way of salvation except through the cross of Christ.” The cross should cause us to realize that we can never save ourselves with our own works. Isaiah 64:6 says that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags”. This means that even the most loving and compassionate good deeds that we could ever do on this earth do not come close to matching up to the holiness, perfection, and unconditional love of God. Jesus died on the cross to clearly demonstrate how much we are in need of a savior. We cannot save ourselves. While this is a humbling truth, we must remember the hope that we and others are offered through Jesus!
In John 14:6, Jesus boldly states to his disciples, “I am the way and the truth and and the life.” Through his death on the cross, he has paved the way so that we can have direct access to God. Through his resurrection from the grave, he has given all who choose to believe and follow him an opportunity to live out new and fulfilling lives. We can trust that this is true because of the eyewitness accounts and the many people who claimed to have saw Jesus after he died on the cross – many of whom would later die for saying this!
Jesus makes it clear that he is not just one way to God or salvation - he is the way. He said this in the conversation following his washing of the disciples’ feet. He has given us the example to follow - serving and leading others to the love of God. By doing this, we carry out the mission that he gave his disciples!