Out of context, if someone was informed that they were a door, I’d be bewildered and slightly concerned. However, this statement is made understandable (and reasonable) by one of the most well-known verses in the bible:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” – John 14:6 (NIV)
This verse has a couple massive implications. Firstly, it reveals God’s plan for the world and His omniscience (His all-knowing). Secondly, it really lays the foundation for the entire Christian faith. Through belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can be saved from our sins; that’s on another level.
With those thoughts out of the way, we’re going to be focusing on one part of the verse specifically: the way.
Jesus is our ambassador to God. And His ability to fulfill this role really comes from one aspect of His character: the fact that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. While this isn’t exactly a ground-breaking idea (the union of God and man within Jesus), it’s completely mind-breaking. And I feel like the most perfect example of said union is found in the Gospels. To provide some quick context, this conversation happened right before Jesus was arrested and taken to be crucified.
“’Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’” – Luke 22:42 (NIV)
Despite the pain Jesus knew He would endure due to the cross, He gave His life into His Father’s hands. Even though He could just use His infinite power to escape the cross, He chose not to, because it wasn’t His Father’s will. This balance of humanity and perfection is so amazing to me, and it’s really hard to express over text (and in general) how tangible and raw the emotion of this account is. Considering His God-man status, Jesus is an undeniably perfect choice for ambassador between God and man.
That’s the man side of Jesus. For me, though, the singular thing that really cements the 100% God part of Jesus is the resurrection. He demonstrated His power over death and He also demonstrated why we, as Christians, should worship Him. He knows both death and life to an immeasurable degree.
In fact, after His resurrection, Jesus was still physically human (the passage of “doubting” Thomas is a great reminder of this). Jesus could’ve chosen to come back, firing on all cylinders in a totally awesome spirit form. He didn’t, though. Even up to the point of His ascension, Jesus was (as far as we know) still a God-man. That kind of dedication, the dedication it takes to shed a certain degree of respect in order to better relate to humans and carry out His Father’s plan, is insane. I feel like it practically means two things: One, God loves us enough to sacrifice His perfect Son for us (John 3:16). Two, because that Son literally died for us, our dedication to Him should be just as directed.
And honestly, the level of that dedication depends completely on your heart. A ton of places in the Bible talk about how our actions reflect upon what’s truly going on inside, and only with a change of heart will come a change in your dedication to Christ. You could say that Jesus is an ambassador to our hearts, but that really sounds like the chorus of a Christian rock song from the 80’s.
So that’s the challenge of this article. Evaluate your heart, and be self-aware of how much of your life you’re dedicating to Christ every day.