Whether you are an employee, novice or student, there is a hesitancy that exists within human beings. This fear of the unknown inspires the question, “Am I on the right track?” Until you receive confirmation, subtle doubts will linger. This anxiety causes many to wonder, “should I be expecting someone else?”
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor, Matthew 11:4-5.
Before John the Baptist is murdered in the first century, he was imprisoned. Something within him sensed death was near. Thus, in his last days on earth John sought the truth, hoping to receive assurance to his assumptions. John sent some of his own disciples to Jesus to confirm if Jesus was indeed the Messiah spoken by the Old Testament prophets. The passage above is Jesus’ response to John’s question.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me, John 14:6.
A few years later, Jesus’ disciples developed a similar concern, not sure who their leader really was. This uncertainty led to chatter between disciples, wondering if there was a connection between Jesus and God. As Passion Week began, Jesus’ last week on earth prior to his crucifixion, he silences any remaining doubt with the passage above. Surely, upon hearing the news that Jesus was the only way to God the Father resolved this life long question. The answer is no!
by Jay Mankus