In the Bible, the most well known collection of historical accounts and scriptures of divine inspiration, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the Life”. What do those famous words mean?
Well, in order to understand this fully, we have to understand a few things beginning with the identity of Jesus. Who was He? Why was He able to confidently and definitively refer to Himself as those three things?
Jesus (translated from Yah-shuah—meaning “God Saves”) was also called Immanuel (God with us). He was called those names during a time when virtually every given name had a meaning and a purpose (other than yo sound nice or be popular). Jesus was God made manifest in human flesh. Contrary to many false doctrines, He was more than a prophet. Instead, Jesus was all of the following:
- God in flesh
- the son of God (for He was born into the world as a human being, through the virgin Mary)
- a man. He was indeed a male human being (in appearance and tangible essence)
Any doctrine remotely inspired by the Torah cannot and should not overlook this man called Jesus, for He was disruptive in His era and has continued to be to this very day.
Even in Islam, Jesus is mentioned and respected (strictly as a man). However, Muslims, Jews, and most other groups outside of nominal and true Christianity, do not regarf Him as the Messiah. This is a mistake, for He referred to Himself as THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE for a reason. Those references are definite! He is not A WAY, A TRUTH, AND A LIFE which would be understood as unspecific or even uncertain metaphors, but He intended His metaphor to be unequivocally clear. The man whom even Muslims consider a prophet and respect as a man, dared to call Himself the only means of entry into fellowship with God. I wouldn’t respect someone who made such a claim unless they proved it. Jesus did prove it, but is mentioned in the quran, not as the way, the truth, and the life, but as a prophet whose miracles are second to Muhammed’s
So there are two possibilities:
#1) Including Jesus as one of the respected prophets was a mistake in the Quran. As a man who claims to be one with God and share glory with Him should be labeled a blasphemer.
#2) Jesus never said that.
The first one would probably be refuted because Muslims believe the greatest miracle performed by any prophet was the production of the Quran. Me personally? I wouldn’t say it beats walking on water, raising dead people, mass producing food in mere moments to feed thousands, self-resurrection after death, or making it possible for a sinner like me to gain access to God by changing his lifestyle and following God’s ways.
Choosing the second option would show a clear attempt to elevate the doctrine that came later above the one that preceded it and clearly inspired it. Sorry, but I’d believe my great great grandmother’s story about something that happened 300 years ago before I believed my own mother. Logically, since the Bible came first, it is my the authority in my life for anything related to the one true God.
What’s So Special About Jesus?
Jesus was God made flesh. We know this by studying the Holy scripture with which God blessed the world. In the account of Adam and Eve and the fall of mankind, God promised salvation for us. He promised that ‘the seed of the woman’ would ‘crush’ the Serpent’s head. What seed? Well, if we follow the genealogies, Adam begat Cain and Abel, then Seth, which started a list of men who begat other men. After a whole bunch of men begat sons who begat sons, throughout epochs of the Bible, we eventually get to the Jacob who “begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” (c.f. Matthew 1:16).
Joseph was the husband of Mary (the first woman to beget a son). Prior to that women were just “background mothers”, but here, the seed of the woman is the fulfillment of God’s promise. It ends the genealogies which merely existed to point us to Jesus. No other being in history or any world religion was ever important enough to have deserved and received such an elaborate introduction. And if that wasn’t enough to show you how special Jesus is, then U will let John 1:1 reveal Jesus to you in its own way.
John 1:1-2 says “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.” Let’s pause here for a moment. We will need to identify this mysterious “Word”.
We are told twice that the Word existed with God in the Beginning. We are also told He was God. This, my friends, is an equation (almost like math class) where the variable represented by a letter or word equals a quantity. In this case the letter or word equals an entity—”God” Himself.
The Word = God
So far, we can infer that the Word is a living being, but we still have not unveiled the Word’s identity. Therefore, we have to follow the clues.
John 1:3-14 continues unveiling His identity saying: “3Through him (the Word), all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome a it.
6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself (still referring to John here) was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
So far, we know the Word is the Creator, the Light of the world, the Life, and God! Let’s keep going…
Interesting…this Word is no longer the invisible God, but one that could be seen yet not recognized as God…let’s continue…
11He came to that which was his own (the world He created), but his own did not receive him. (This is starting to sound like the same Jesus who was willingly spat on, mocked, tortured, and crucified, but let’s not be too sure…)
12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— (believing in Him sounds like the key. Therefore, this Word must also be THE WAY to God)
13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.Jesus also called Immanuel was God with us, who came in flesh to walk in our shoes and show us the path back to a God who wanted to restore a relationship with us. Christ Jesus shed His blood on the cross because it was the ONLY blood worthy to take the place of any sacrifice forever and ever. A Muslim who believes in the Torah (and last time I checked, all of them should) knows that in biblical times before their prophet came and even prior to the quran, frequent animal sacrifices were made to cover sin. The animals who were sacrificed had to be without blemish. It was symbolic of how the perfect, sinless Jesus would lay down His own perfect blood for the world He so loved. Therefore, anyone who refuses to accept Christ should still sacrifice cattle if they want to even try to commune with God!
For Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to God except through Him. (John 14:6)