Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is the Trail
The scenery whizzed by along Interstate 94. Fields and rivers, forest and prairie. Who first blazed these trails? Before bulldozers, there were horses and wagons. Before them, French fur traders and explorers. Before them, Ojibwe and Sioux.
I could not have traveled that road back then. Such a trip would’ve left me lost, suffering from exposure, and starvation. It would’ve ended in tragedy. I needed those who have gone before.
Jesus blazed the trail that no one else could. Who could’ve opened the path to the Father’s house? God’s holiness is a consuming fire; I am a guilty sinner. What is the guilt that nags your conscience? Even the smallest sin excludes you and me. Even one failure to keep God’s commands is like a roaring river or an impassable mountain cutting off our way to the Father. If you and I do our best to get around our sin and find our own path, it will end in tragedy.
Jesus came from the Father. He came sent by the Father. He came on the mission to bring you and me to the Father. He didn’t blaze a trail for us to follow by our own power. How lost that would have left us!
Rather, Jesus is the trail. He is the way. He alone brings us to the Father. For he alone has come from the Father and returned to the Father to prepare a place for us.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. For only his death brings us life with the Father. Only his death atoned for all guilt—yours, mine, and everyone’s. Only his death reconciled the world to God. Only his death has removed sin, which ought to have blocked us from our Father’s house forever. His death truly did all this, for he has risen. He lives. That is the truth. Believe it.
Yes, believe that Jesus is the one and only way to the Father. Believe that he is your way.
Without you, dear Jesus, I am lost and damned. You alone bring me to the Father. Keep me from pursuing my own self-sought ways. Draw me closer to you until I dwell in your Father’s house forever. Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.