“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 is the way. He is the answer to life’s great riddle. People continually search for a path to follow, a way toward better things. Academics, sports, professions, politics, hobbies, clubs, societies, and special interests offer paths to pursue, and this is good. God intended man to be creative and industrious, just as He is, but without His higher purpose, all of these paths lead to the same familiar dead end, an empty heart.
Just any way won’t do. There are many dark paths lurking behind the door of a wrong decision, in moment of weakness, or within the seeming innocence of ignorance. People pursue paths that lead to destruction because of emptiness, disillusionment, self-loathing, or simply deception. Man is as wild as a rogue grizzly, yet as lost and vulnerable as a lone sheep.
Jesus is the Shepherd and the sacrificial Lamb. He is God, manifest in the form of man to show the way, as a shepherd guides his flock (John 1; Psalm 23). He lived the ideal life inspired by His love for God the Father and all men. never straying from the path. His footprints still show the way.
His life and character are revealed in the scripture, penned by the hands of His closest disciples. He gave His innocent life as a sacrifice for sinners, making it possible for all to receive life instead of death, and be restored to relationship with a holy God (John 3:16). Through the example of His life, and the payment of His blood, Jesus is the way to being like God in our character and being with God in our fellowship. The way. The only way.