5Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” (John 14:5)
Thomas knew Jesus; he just didn’t know Jesus was “the way.” When he asked Jesus this question, Jesus didn’t say: “I am a way, a truth, and a life that will lead you to the Father in heaven.” Rather, He claimed to be the only way, the only truth, and the only life. He said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (v. 6). This means that anyone who claims to honor Jesus while advocating other ways to get to God, to know the truth, or to have eternal life apart from Jesus alone is deceived and deceiving others.
Jesus’ claims about Himself leave no room for any other means of salvation. He is either who He says He is or He is the greatest deceiver of all time. His statements about Himself leave no other alternative. Therefore, other religions that recognize Jesus and His teachings as wonderful examples but don’t believe He is the only way to achieve salvation are false.
Jesus said He is the Truth, and John revealed He is the Living Word. (John 1:1,14). People today may know portions of the Bible, but they don’t realize that the words written in the Book are the way to victory in every area of their lives. They will cry out to God to speak to them while their Bible lays unopened on their nightstand. If they would only open it, read it, and receive the Word into their hearts, they would know Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
The Word of God is a spiritual book written by men under the direction of the Holy Spirit. It was not written to our heads but to the innermost part of our hearts. This is why some people find the Bible so hard to understand. They are trying to comprehend it in their minds. The Word of God has to inspire our hearts before it can enlighten our minds.
Today, open your Bible and read it as though the Lord was speaking to the deepest part of you—because He is.