My wife and I had the amazing privilege of going on a vacation to Italy a couple of years ago. My wife still has a close family in Germany, so we figured while we were in Europe this would probably be the best time to go see her family for the weekend. We booked our tickets to take the short hour and a half plane ride over to Germany from Italy. All we had to do first was take a train from our town to Pisa, and from there we would be good to go. The only issue was the train trip involved two transfers where we had to get off our train and get on a new one, everything is in Italian, and neither of us speaks or can read Italian. Still, I was confident in my navigating ability, so off we went. Everything was going great until this ancient Italian lady started telling us through hand gestures and broken English that we were going the wrong way. We heeded her advice, got off the train, only to realize she had no idea what she was talking about. We were going the right way the whole time. The ensuing hours were extremely stressful but we ended up finding the right way to go and by the grace of God we did not miss our flight to Germany.
This is just a dumb example to show how important it is to know the right way. In this Scripture, Jesus takes this idea of knowing “the right way” to a whole other level by calling Himself “the Way.”
In John 14:6, we read, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
The question for all of existence has been and will continue to be, “How do I get to God?” Some ask it as a question of eternity, or some ask meaning currently on this earth. Yet, everyone is looking to get to God, and Jesus gives them their answer clear as day. He tells us that He is “the Way,” and doubles down saying that nobody will come to the Father except through Him.
Just as that day on the train there was only one way we were getting to our destination, there is only one way to God, and it is through Jesus. The sad thing is the prevailing thought in society is that there are many ways to God and many ways to eternity. Countless times I have heard people say, “As long as we all just follow our religion well, and be a good person, we are all going to make it.”
If you are reading this and are not a Christian, I hope you will understand that all other “ways” of getting to God are just poor reflections of what true Christianity really is. Every other religion misses out on the most essential part of true salvation, they miss out on Jesus. In some way or another, they do not hold Jesus in the position of “the way, the truth, and the life.”
For those of you who are believers, you may have people come into your life and try and tell you that you are going the wrong way. However, if you have put your faith in Jesus Christ then you can confidently know that you are going the right way. As you are reading this, I hope you are not putting your faith in “the way” of false religions, self-help, or thinking you can just be “good enough.” My prayer is that you are confidently putting your hope in the only true “Way” that is Jesus Christ.