Jesus is the only way to God.
Jesus said, “I am the way,” not, “I am a way,” or, “I am one of the ways” (John 14:6). He is the only way to God, not one of many. He is the only person qualified and able to give you a peaceful, permanent relationship with God. “There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Who is Jesus and why is he the only way to God? First, he is more than a good teacher or prophet, or the best person who ever live. He is the Creator who made and loves you (John 1:3; Col 1:16-17). He’s not just a good person who can help you; he is the Almighty God whom you must worship and follow (John 8:58; Rev 1:8). He is the way to God because he is God (John 10:30; Tit 2:13). He alone has power to raise the dead and forgive your sins (John 5:26-29; 11:25-26; Mark 2:5-12).
As God, Jesus also became a human being like you (Gal 4:4; Phil 2:6-8). He had a real body, soul, and spirit. He grew, ate, drank, worked, and slept like you (Matt 21:18; Luke 2:52; John 19:28; Heb 5:8). He lived like you, but with one big difference: when he faced temptations to make wrong choices, he never sinned (Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; Heb 4:15; 1 Pet 2:22).
Jesus always responded to the challenges of life as God himself would do (John 8:29). He thought, spoke, and acted in the right way – always. Since he perfectly exhibited God’s goodness and since you can never be that good, you need him to take your place (Rom 5:18-19).
But he did more than live in your place. He died in your place as well, something no one else can do (Rom 5:6-8; 1 Cor 15:3; 1 Pet 2:24). He exchanged his goodness for your badness and his righteousness for your sin (2 Cor 5:21). When he died, he suffered the consequences for your sin and died the death that you deserve to die (Gal 3:13).
As an innocent person, Jesus took the guilt of all people onto himself (1 John 2:2). Three days after he died, he returned alive forever from the grave (1 Cor 15:3-8). This confirms that he fully satisfied God’s justice (Rom 5:9). He righted all your wrongs and conquered the power of death completely (Isa 25:8; 1 Cor 15:54-57).