“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:1-7 NIV
Jesus was and is God’s plan from the very beginning of time itself. Jesus transcends time and space. He existed before the universe was made and He was the plan for the salvation of mankind from the beginning.
It is important to know that nothing catches God by surprise. God knew that mankind would sin. God knew that people would tend to go toward the path of least resistance. That is precisely why God had this plan all along of entering the world in human form, offering this human form as a sacrifice in place of mankind, and then defeating death by raising that human form from the grip of death.
His plan further reaches out to mankind to prepare a place for those whom He has chosen to be His followers. That place is with God Himself. If a place is prepared, there must also be a way to get to that place, a road if you will. That road or way is Jesus, God’s plan for mankind.
Jesus says that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He also says that no one comes to the Father except through Him.
Jesus is the way because of grace. God provided the way for mankind to be in the presence of God. God is holy and nothing that is unholy can be with God. Jesus makes us holy. We cannot do anything to make ourselves holy. No matter what we do, we are, by nature, a contaminant to the holy and pure presence of God. It is only by the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, the embodiment of God, that this holiness is available to mankind.
Jesus is the truth because there is no other truth. Sure, we strive to learn as much as we can about the world, the universe, and how everything works but it is all for naught. This temporal world we live in is not real. Reality and truth are only found in the presence of God. It is eternality that is real. This temporary place we live in is not truth because it does not exist forever. At some point it will no longer exist therefore it cannot be truth.
Jesus is the life because He is the source of true life. We were meant to be eternal beings but the uncleanliness of sin that alienated us from the presence of God has also limited this physical realm to a temporary state that has a physical beginning and a physical end. Jesus, on the contrary, does not. Jesus has no beginning and no end. It is only in Jesus that we can find the reality of what we were meant to be-eternal beings.
Knowing that Jesus is all three, the way, the truth and the life, then there is no other conclusion than that the only way to get to the Father and to be what we are intended for is through Him. There is absolutely nothing that we temporal beings can do or not do in order to receive this amazing gift. We are meant only to trust in the fact that God provided this entry way to His presence only through His plan-Jesus.
We need to abandon all hope in our abilities or capabilities to do and be holy. The only way to be holy is to rely on the sacrifice of the man Jesus Christ to make us holy. This is contrary to human thought and logic but it is something that makes sense from the perspective of God. If God is the end-all and be-all of the universe, then we need to understand that we are not able or capable of being in His presence without going through Jesus.
Saying all of this, we also need to understand that God provided this for us without us deserving it. He provided it because He wanted to. That is grace. If He provided that for us, why don’t we just give up our lives and our intentions to make ourselves holy and let Him do it? That is the essence of Christianity; relying on something that someone else has done on our behalf to make us right with God.