6b I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
These words were spoken by Christ as the answer to Thomas’ question, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5). Thomas raised that question upon Jesus’ statement that He was going to prepare a place for them in His Father’s house, and that He would come again and receive them to be with Him where He would be. Thus Jesus, with these words, intended to drive away any doubt in the disciples’ minds as to how one could get to the Father in heaven. That was where Christ said He would be going.
The Lord Jesus Christ does not merely show the way to the Father in heaven, but is Himself the way. There are not many ways to God, as many claim in these days. For Jesus not only exclusively said, “I am the way,” but also emphatically declared, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Not for a moment did Jesus give the notion that there are several ways to God. Christ is the exclusive and perfect way to God. It is the clear teaching of God’s Word that Jesus Christ is the only access to the Father because He is the only One from the Father who has given His life to redeem us from our sins and reconcile us unto God (cf. Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5).
According to Jesus, He is the way to God because He is also the truth and the life. Jesus is the truth because he reveals the Father and His will unto us (John 1:18). His words and His deeds show us in an exclusive way what the Father has given Him to say and do. Jesus had said in John 5:19, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” In John 8:29, He said, “I do always those things that please him.” He alone is the truth that leads us to God.
Christ is also the life that God promises. Only Christ offers us eternal life in heaven. In His prayer to God, Jesus made this exclusive statement: “As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:2-3). Christ is the Way which we ought to follow; He is the Truth which we ought to trust; and He is the Life which we ought to hope for. Christ is the sure way, the infallible truth and the everlasting life.