Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?”
— John 14:5
All pagan religions have a “way.” Whether it is the eightfold path of Buddha, the teachings of the Qur’an, the Analects of Confucius, or whatever it is, all pagan religions say, “Here is the way. Walk in that way, and you’ll make it to …” wherever it is you are supposed to make it to.
If you get to Nirvana or Paradise, and you get there by walking in that way, I have a question: Who got you there? I hope you know. You did. You followed the way. You walked in the path. You kept these teachings. You did it. You … You … YOU saved yourself. You are your savior, because, you see, pagan religions have no savior, except you.
But Jesus says, “I am the way.” It is not the teachings of Jesus, it is not the preaching of Jesus, it is not the example of Jesus, it is not the Sermon on the Mount, it is not the Beatitudes, or anything else that He taught or said that is the way. The way is Christ Himself, the divine second Person of the Trinity, the Creator of the galaxies that came into this world. He is the way, He is the Truth, and He is the Life. We have life only ultimately through Him.
Question to ponder:
What does it mean in your life that Jesus is the only way?