My salvation story begins on a clear early morning drive to work. I was feeling alone and tired of life when a song came on the radio, saying “Show me the way.” Looking out of the window I saw the stars in the sky and said to God, “Why aren’t you showing me the way?” Not long after someone invited me to church and God has been showing me the way ever since.
I find interesting, in John 14:5-7 Thomas also said he did not know the way. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”
With so many different ideas and thoughts, it is easy not to know the correct way to walk in this world. Jesus shows us through His spoken words and the life He lived exactly how to walk.
Jesus said, “I am the way.” Jesus shows us the way to the Father by showing us the way of righteousness through salvation. He in fact becomes our righteousness.
We really need to understand that our righteousness is based solely on Jesus’ sacrifice. No amount of work or being good could ever earn enough righteousness in God’s eyes.
Confusion comes when we read verses like, Matthew 5:20 when Jesus said, “For I say to you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” And again, 1 John 3:10, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”
These verses make it sound like we must be righteous within ourselves in order to please God, but we know all of our righteousness is to God as filthy rags, So I find there to be two kinds of righteousness being talked about.
The first is a righteousness between you and God. This righteousness can only be accomplished when understand you are a sinner, unable to be good enough to save yourself, causing you to cry out to God for salvation through Jesus Christ.
The second righteousness is between you and the world. God expects you to listen to Him and allow Him to change your life to accurately represent Him. This shows people the Father by your righteous deeds, like Jesus did saying, “When you see Me you see the Father.”
Jesus said, “I am the truth.” When being questioned by Pilate in John 18:37, Jesus responded, “…For this reason I was born, and for this reason I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said, “What is truth?”
Many people today still ask the question, “What is truth?” The truth Jesus came to proclaim is that the God of Israel is the one and only true God and that He is the only way to access the true God. There have been many people deceived throughout history that there is more than one true God by those entrusted to teach the truth.
In Jesus time it was the scribes and Pharisees entrusted to teach the people about the one true God. They misrepresented Him by adding many lesser laws to the commandment’s averting the purpose of the law which is to point us to faith, Galatians 3:19-29.
Jesus said, “I am the life.” In John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” He is our provision to live in this world, both physical and spiritual.
Nehemiah 9:19-21 says, “Thou, in Thy great compassion, did not forsake them in the wilderness; the pillar of cloud did not leave them by day, to guide them on their way. Nor the pillar of fire by night, to light for them the way in which they were to go. And Thou did give Thy good Spirit to instruct them, Thy manna Thou did not withhold from their mouth, and Thou did give them water for their thirst. Indeed, forty years Thou did provide for them in the wilderness and they were not in want; their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell.”
Just like God provided for Israel He provides for us, guiding us by day and night through His word in the Bible. He talks to us by His Spirit as it says in Isaiah 30:21, “And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This way walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or left.” He also takes care of us physically, providing food when you need it or keeping the old car running.
Jesus is the way to God, the truth of God and the life for God.