Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
This verse has been part of my life for a very long time. Actually, this scripture was crucial in my conversion experience. Just before I came to Christ, I was wandering around in the French Quarter; okay, I was on Bourbon Street and I was approached by different cults trying to raise funds or gain converts. I remember speaking to a member of a group called ‘the Foundation’ and also speaking to one of the ever present Krishna’s that night. As they were going through their routine, I kept remembering this scripture verse I had learned in Sunday School as a child. Actually it was in 8th grade and I was attending Memorial Baptist Church Sunday School when I had learned that verse. What was the scripture? You guessed it, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Those words were screaming in my ears. It was the power and reality of those words that kept me from the cults and ultimately brought me to Christ. Martin Luther shares some interesting thoughts on this verse.
“What does it mean to come to the Father? It means nothing else but to come from death to life, from sin and condemnation to innocence and godliness, from distress and sorrow to eternal joy and blessedness. Christ is saying, ‘No one should try to come to the Father through a different way than me. I alone am the way and the truth and the life.’ Christ clearly rules out and powerfully disproves all teaching that salvation can be obtained by works. He completely denies that we can get to heaven by any other way. For Jesus says, ‘No one comes to the Father except through me.’ There is no other way.”
If you think about, every other religion is some sort of deflection designed to keep us from coming to Christ on the basis of grace. When the truth of salvation by grace through faith hit me I was caught totally by surprise. It was so simple yet so profound. I didn’t have to do anything to be saved; actually, I couldn’t do anything. He had done everything. All that was left for me was to surrender and to receive. Jesus is the way to the Father. He is the way to life. Receiving His love is where life truly begins.