John 14.6 cont.
6 Jesus said to him: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
These words of Jesus are both inclusive and exclusive. He tells the whole world that He is the way to the Father. No one is barred from coming to the Father, all are welcome. From other things that Jesus said we know that entrance into the Kingdom of God (coming to the Father) requires us all to come like small children:
“I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven” – Matthew 18.3 (NLT).
Children are very trusting, accepting what they are told. They might ask questions, but they are rarely the questions of doubt; more likely they are the question of how or why.
Their questions are usually to discover more.
Jesus invites us all to ask the questions that a child would ask, questions that lead to the steps of faith Him.
Jesus also said: “Look, I knock as I stand at the door. I will come in to eat with whoever hears My voice and opens the door to Me, and he will eat with Me” – Revelation 3.20.
The invitation of Jesus is to ‘whoever’. The Father’s desire is that none should be lost: In 1 Timothy 2.4 we read that He: desires that all men be saved and come into a knowledge of the truth.
Therefore, when Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life, He was saying that every human being throughout time and history is included in His invitation.
Yet at the same time what Jesus said is also exclusive. There is no other way to come to the Father.
If I was on a journey that required crossing a wide river and there was only one bridge that spans the river, and there were many others that did not span the river, I would choose the one that does span the river. I would be foolish to try any other way.
Jesus is the only one who spans the river of our sin. He is the only way that anybody can come to the Father. He is the exclusive way, all other attempts to find God will fail.
Let us be sure to choose Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Believing in Him means that we have crossed over from darkness to life (John 5.24).