“I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
A number of years ago, my sister and I went to France. Neither of us speaks a word of French, which made for some interesting interactions. At one point, we were trying to find a bus station and asked a man for directions. (Fortunately for us, “bus station” in French is “station de bus” so he figured out where we wanted to go!) The problem was, we couldn’t understand his reply. When the man realized we were baffled, he literally took us by the hand and walked us to the bus station.
It’s wonderful when someone shows you the way. But what if there is no way? What if no path exists to get you where you want to go?
That is the situation humankind was in ever since Adam and Eve sinned. There was no way back to God. Knowledge wouldn’t get us there. Good works wouldn’t get us there. Sacrifices wouldn’t get us there. There was no way.
Then, Jesus came. He did not come to show us the way, because no way existed. He came to be the Way. His death on the cross forged a way back to God. His resurrection confirmed that the path is open to all – past, present, and future. The writer of Hebrews explains: “we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20). How great is Jesus’ love, that He would give His life to be the Way!
Showing the way involves knowledge. Making the way involves sacrifice.
Thank You, Jesus, for being the Way!