Though Jesus says that he is the only way to the Father, this way is open to all.
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“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.'”
John 14:6 New Century Version
Christianity is often accused of being a narrow religion. This accusation is probably well justified. This hallway in the Wartburg is a good picture of this fact. This is the narrow passage to the Luther Room where he spent nearly a year protected from both Emperor Charles V and the Pope.
Luther’s life was threatened because he had taken a stand in Worms that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ, not through our works.
We might feel more comfortable if Jesus had said “I am one way to the Father” rather than “I am the way.” But the message of the cross is a stumbling block of exclusivity.
However, the message of the cross is for all humanity. There is nothing exclusive about the power of Jesus sacrifice. He died for every human creature which means he is your way to the Father, your only way.
There is beauty in this passageway in the Wartburg. There is beauty in Jesus, your way to the Father.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner