Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)
I – Not Muhammad. Not Buddha. Not Krishna. Not Confucius. Not Moses. Not the Pope. Not Zoroaster. Not Laozi. Not Guru Nanak Dev. Not Joseph Smith. Not Mary Baker Eddy. Not Charles Taze Russell. Not L. Ron Hubbard. Not Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Not Sun Myung Moon. Not Anton LaVey, or any of a thousand other pretenders and false prophets. Only Jesus.
AM – A verb. An action. To exist. To live. To be.
THE – One in particular. Distinct from all others. Not “a” or “an”.
WAY – The manner. The method. The path. The door. The direction. The means. The road. The mode. The gate. The entrance. The opening.
AND – In addition to. Also. As well as.
The TRUTH – Not a lie. Not a falsehood. Not a deception. Not a fake, a phony, or a fraud, but a fact. A reality. A certainty. An assurance.
And the LIFE – That quality of existence characterized by growth and change. Living. Existing. Not dead or dying. Not stagnant or unproductive. Active. Abundant. Fertile. Full. Meaningful. Joyous.
NO ONE – A universal negation. Not anyone. Not Mother Teresa. Not Martin Luther. Not John Calvin. Not Saint Augustine. Not the missionaries. Not the preachers or the priests. Not your Sunday school teacher. Not your mother, or your father, or you siblings. Not your grandparents, or your neighbors, or your friends. Not you. Not me.
COMES – Approaches. Draws near. Gets closer to. Moves toward.
TO – In the direction of. In the vicinity of.
The FATHER – Abba. Daddy. The creator. The sustainer. The giver of life. The designer. The author. The provider. The protector. The judge. YHWH. Jehovah. GOD.
EXCEPT – Other than. But. Excluding. Apart from. With the exception of.
THROUGH – By way of. By means of. Via. By the use of.
ME – The one speaking. Jesus.
Jesus is the only WAY to God. He has the only TRUTH about God. He alone can give us LIFE with God.
Soli Deo Gloria