Bible Reading: John 14.6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14.6
Many years ago, when my parents began talking about retirement, they decided to move away from the big city and settle into the “rural life.” After much discussion, they bought some lake front property at Cedar Creek Lake, about 90 miles east of Dallas. Eventually, they built a home there and my mother lives there still. Though Dad has since passed on, Mom still loves the place and thinks it’s her own little corner of East Texas paradise.
When they settled in there, they gave us precise directions on how to get to them. The way to get there involved going through Ennis. Later, they told us to come a different route, and go through Seven Points. Still later, we learned to go through Mabank. You see, over the years, they discovered quicker ways to get to the general vicinity, but there is only one way in and out of their place. Indeed, they built a house in a cul de sac. There is only one entrance and exit from their subdivision, and one route leading directly to the house.
Jesus told his disciples in John 14.6 that He was the way, the Truth, and the Life, and that no one could come to the Father except through Him. That was a bold statement. That little word we translate as “the” is what is called a definite article. It refers to someone or something specifically. Not just “a baker”, but “THE baker” that makes the delicious cakes. It’s very specific. Jesus is spelling out for the disciples the concept of exclusivity. In short, He is telling them that He is the one and only means by which man can gain salvation from sin and death.
This is a very different and distinct concept at odds with our society today. Our culture likes to espouse a philosophy that teaches that there are many pathways to get to the top of a mountain. I personally like to refer to it as “All Dogs Go to Heaven Theology.” It’s a school of thought that allows folks to be comfortable with who they are, no matter the condition of their heart. What matters for them is that they try to be good. That would seem to be a very broad pathway. In Matthew’s Gospel (7.13) we see that the pathway that leads to heaven is narrow, but broad is the road that leads to destruction. Again, it’s a matter of exclusivity.
In our culture, exclusivity has come to mean something bad of late, but the truth of the matter is that our God is very inclusive. Peter’s second letter (3.9) tells us that God doesn’t want ANY to perish, but for ALL to come to Him in repentance. It’s all about choices. We all have friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers around us who are on that broad pathway. It is our mission to help guide them to the narrow path. Let’s all help those around us to find that narrow pathway in a very loving and grace filled way. Go in peace.
Memory Verse: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8.28