Thoughts on John 14:6
In my blogging travels today, I came across a refreshing post that spoke of the exclusivity of Christ. It instantly reminded me of what Jesus said on that very subject - a verse with which many are familiar. Have you ever considered what that verse is really saying?
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It seems so clear to me: if Jesus is the way, then there is no other way. If He is the truth, then all else must be lies. If He is the life, then all else is death.
Jesus is the way. He knows how to get to Heaven because He came from there (John 3:13). Who are you going to trust to give you directions? Someone who knows how to get there because they've been there. At least I know that's who I'd ask. Jesus is the way: not Buddha, not Allah, not Confucius, not Krishna, not Anu, not Baal, and not anyone else. All religions are not the same and all gods are not the God of the Bible. If that sounds intolerant, you'll have to take it up with Jesus because He's the One Who said it. Don't blame me.
Jesus is the truth. Truth by its very nature is exclusive and just because a person doesn't believe something doesn't make it any less true. I may say I believe I'll be able to fly if I jump off that balcony, but somehow I think the law of gravity will remain the truth and prove my presupposition toward flight wrong as I plummet to the ground! It's no coincidence that the Bible is known as the word of God - it is God's written word. Jesus is the living Word (John 1:1). Both are truth and a person shuns each at his (or her) own peril.
Jesus is the life. Contrast that with what He said about the thief in Joh 10:10 - The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
There is no doubt that the thief Jesus was referring to is Satan, who is the father of lies and the father of death (John 8:44).
The broad way and the narrow way (Mtt 7:13-14) lay before each of us. The fact remains that it's up to the individual to accept Jesus Christ or to reject Him for all eternity. Once you accept Him, it's still up to you to obey Him daily, regardless of the cost to you (Luke 9:62), and not be duped or offended by what people tell you.
So... what will you do with God's Son?