One way to describe Jesus is as a rescuer on a rescue mission. When Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life,” The real captain who will lead his people to redemption.
As life progresses, many of us gradually develop a disinterest toward the truth. Most of us aren’t facing our mortality with the kind of intensity that we would be on a sinking ship. But having confidence in the captain is the main question in both analogies.
On the ship, your belief (or not) in the captain would make all the difference. Same with Jesus. If it’s a rescue mission, we are less likely to say, “I can go whichever way I please.” Yes, you could if you would like, but in reality the captain; one who knows the way.
But let’s say you agree that Jesus might know the way. If that’s true, the first question you might have is, “What do I need to do to get going that way?”
And this is where Jesus surprises us. He doesn’t say, “Follow Me.” The captain of the cruise ship didn’t point us to a map; he pointed us to himself. Jesus also points to Himself, and He invites us to commit.
“Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”