In his classic book, Mere Christianity, the great British writer, C. S. Lewis, makes this bold and challenging statement about Jesus.
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher; he’d either be a lunatic — on a level with a man who says he’s a poached egg — or else he’d be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse.”
However, our world today wants to diminish Jesus. We are told not to pray in the name of Jesus. Talk about Jesus. Or promote Jesus as the one and only Savior of the world. Jews, Muslims, and Hindus might be offered! Not to mention atheists, infidels and agnostics!
However, in one of the great Bible verses, John 14:6, Jesus enunciated this powerful proclamation. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Jesus’ statement seems simple. Straightforward. Clear-cut. Right?
Apparently author, speaker and religious writer, Dr. Steve McSwain, disagrees. In his blog, McSwain wrote that we need to quit saying “Jesus is the only way to heaven.”
“What you are really saying,” he writes, “is, ‘The way we interpret John 14:6 is that Jesus was clearly drawing a line in the sand and telling his hearers and the world: ‘If you do not believe in Me, you won’t go to the Father when you die.'” Then the self-styled, “Spiritual Teacher” and “Thought Leader” tried to explain away Jesus’ affirmation.
Jesus is the Way to God
In John’s prologue he affirms “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then he concludes, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father…” (John 1:1,14). Jesus was and is Deity. He came in the flesh to show us God and to lead us to the Father.
When the apostle Peter preached Jesus, he proclaimed ”for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Jesus is the Way.
Jesus is the Truth
“I am the Truth” seems pretty easy to understand. Jesus said he was the embodiment of truth. The essence of truth. The incarnation of truth. John wrote, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” and that He was “full of grace and truth” (v. 17,14).
At his trial, Jesus told Pilate that he came into the world to “bear witness to the truth.” And then boldly stated, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (Jn 18:37)
To the Jews Jesus announced, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). He continued by affirming that he was the one that could make them free! (V. 34).
Jesus is the Truth.
Jesus is the Life
Speaking of Jesus, the Incarnate Word, John wrote, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (Jn 1:4-5)
In a metaphorical way Jesus himself acknowledged that He was the giver and sustainer of spiritual life. “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” (Jn 6:51)
In Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer He acknowledges his purpose and mission was to give eternal life to those who believed.“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (Jn 17:1-3).
C. S. Lewis was right about Jesus: “You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
Jesus is The Way. The Truth. The Life.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman