by Lana Rolley
Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
I remember a Sunday School song that sings, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, that’s what Jesus said… Without the Way, there is no going…” and it continues on (You can listen here https://youtu.be/3QGOeLy0-Wk)
This got me thinking... going where?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Way” as “a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place; an opening for passage; the course travelled from one place to another; a course (such as a series of actions or sequence of events) leading in a direction or toward an objective.”
Where is the destination we are trying to get to? Why is Jesus calling himself “The Way”? The second half of John 14:6 states, “No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
In Genesis 1, God created the heavens, earth, land, sea, sky, vegetation, birds, fishes, animals, etc. And God saw them as good, but creation was not complete. I love Jonathan David Helser’s imaginings of humankind’s first moments, “...He gathers dirt in His hands to form Adam. There is dirt under God’s fingernails and then on God’s lips as He draws Adam close to breathe in His Spirit. What is it like for Adam when he opens his eyes and sees and feels God’s face pressed against his?” The creation of humankind is God’s magnum opus! We are the only creation He made in His image. He breathed his breath of life into us, blessed us, and said we were VERY good. And then he rested. We, humankind, were and are created for intimacy and communion with God—The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our looking and searching in this world can only be fulfilled by the source of our life. Faith in Jesus is the only way to restoration back to the heart of our loving Father.
Jesus, thank you for being The Way, for your sacrifice and for restoring my relationship with the Father. Father, as I draw near to you, please draw near to me. Let me know You as You designed and purposed since the beginning of creation. Holy Spirit, lead me and guide me. Teach me about Who the Father is and where Jesus is leading. Amen.