“Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:5-6 ESV
Jesus is the way; what does this mean?
There is both a singularity and an exclusivity to this statement. First, Jesus said that he is the way. There is a quote from Mahatma Ghandi where he said, “I like your Christ, but not your Christianity.” This is a sentiment that I have heard from many people even today who have the idea that Jesus was a nice guy, a good teacher and potentially even a wise moral leader. I have a hunch, however, that many of the same people who say these types of things are not referring to passages like this one in John 14. Even the current pope, the leader of the Catholic Church, has made numerous statements that seem to imply that all roads lead to heaven.
“We must never forget that they (Muslims) "profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day".
“The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, what about the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us first class children of God!”
Now, I do want to be fair. Defenders of the pope have stated that Christ paid for the redemption of all, not necessarily guaranteeing salvation for all. Others who take a more liberal approach, believe that Christ is the way, as in His death alone made a way for salvation, but that everyone goes through that door, regardless of their faith or lack thereof. So, what does Jesus mean when He says, “I am the way?”
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:13-14 ESV
There is, in fact, a broad way that the great multitudes will travel by and pass through but, sadly, this way does not lead to life but destruction. There is one, exclusive way that leads to life and those who find it are few. This is a horrible reality and one that should drive those of us who have found the path to desperately want to share the Way with everyone we can!