“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6
This “I am” saying has been one of the most influential sayings that Jesus gave in my life. This saying gives me so much confidence and peace. Jesus here is stating that there is no other way or works we can do that can get us into a relationship with the Father, but rather it all depends on Him. It is all based on what Jesus has done, what He has said, and who He is. This saying is what brings us to the fork in the road with Jesus and with the Christianity faith. Either what Jesus said is true and He truly is the only way to salvation, or He is wrong and none of what He said is true. As C.S. Lewis puts it, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
After Jesus went to the cross, died, and rose again on the third day, He proved that all of what He said is true and that He is the only way to salvation. So what does this mean for us? First off, this truth gives us confidence. Knowing that Jesus has finished the job and that He has defeated death and sin, we can surrender our entire life to Him. When we do this we are given the confidence to know that it is His power that He works through us so that we can live our lives, and further advance His Gospel. The faith we have is of infinite importance, not only for us but for everyone in the world. That is why we are called to spread the Gospel. This does not depend on our own strength but the strength of the One who rose again. We can rest in Him and have confidence knowing that it does not matter how eloquent we are, but that His power is working through us.
Secondly, we can have peace knowing that we do not need to do anything but believe and have faith in Christ to obtain salvation. Jesus makes it clear in John 14:6 that He is the only way. He solidified this when He died on the cross and resurrected three days later. He takes the burden off of ourselves because I am sure most of us know that we could never live a life worthy of the Almighty God. Rest in Him, allow His love to transform you, and know that if you come to Him, He is faithful to forgive you and to give you a new life. Listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”