“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:5–6 NAS95)
We have encountered intolerant Jesus before in our study through the Gospel of John, when he calls out his opponents for being liars. Ouch! Whatever else one can say about Jesus it is difficult to conclude that he had any sympathy for being politically correct. He had sympathy for sinners, he had no patience for those who claimed to be “godly” but were putting on a show.
Jesus reaches arguably his most intolerant in our verse here. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no on comes to the Father but through Me” is about as exclusive as one can get. Jesus leaves no other room here for:
- Other ways to God
- Other sources of truth
- Other paths to life
How intolerant is that?
This is a hinge claim. It is either true or it is not true, Jesus leaves us no doubt what he thought because he put it so clearly. Heck, even a lawyer wouldn’t be able to wiggle out of the plain meaning of his statement.
I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. It’s a breath-taking claim. You, dear reader, will have to decide whether or not you believe that it is true, but its clear what Jesus believed.