by Stephen Janho
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: 6
“Go across the walkway into Macy’s and up the escalator. Go back into the mall, and it should be a few shops down on the left hand side,” directed the clerk with a peculiar look of uncertainty, “I’m not really sure, but I think that’s where it is.” Before I could say thank you, a customer in line awkwardly chimed in, “No no! I think you need to go to the other side of the mall. You are better off going out that exit to your car, driving around and then entering by the Sports store.” As I thanked everyone and turned to leave, an elderly women at the back of the store apparently sensed my apprehension. With bags strewn over her arms she stopped me as I walked by. “Sweetie, walk out of here to your left, the store is just four shops down on your right. I was just there to purchase something for my granddaughter.”
We live in an age of endless confusion over “the way to God.” Culture screams that there are many ways to God, and there is no lack of folks just like the customer in line who are shamelessly willing to offer the wrong advice with misplaced conviction. There are even trusted persons, such as the clerk, who you think would know the right way, but don’t. Then there was Grandma, the perfect example of a Christian ambassador. She had an intimate knowledge of where the store was because she had been there, and despite the opinions of others, she was willing to speak out of her experience to help me find the way. She was sweet yet confident, she was gracious yet poised. Most importantly she was holding a “Things Remembered” bag.
John 14: 6 wasn’t simply meant to be a “Christian Zinger” to all the worlds religious fallacies. Thomas asked Jesus how can we know the way? Jesus answered the question in a way that didn’t just give the answer because HE WAS the answer. The nuances in the original language of the text are clear. “I am” is to say that he is the source of direction, truth, and life. It is meant to help us see that access to God is only found in the person of Jesus. The implication is staggering. There is no other way to God than to know and be known by Jesus.
Do you know Him? The breather of the stars has called you out by name. He loved you enough to set his gaze upon you when you were hopelessly lost. He came in the flesh as ‘Emmanuel, God with us’ so that he could be the way, the truth, and the life for us. When you have encountered him and received the precious gift of faith to believe only in Him for your salvation, how then can you keep silent when those that pass you by are aimlessly wandering around looking for what they will never find on their own? If you know him, then you too should be sweet yet confident, gracious and poised, clothed in the evidence of his grace and ready to tell others of your experience with Him.