JESUS IS THE WAY. . .But Is He the Way to Heaven?

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am going.

Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going; so how can we know the way?’

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ John 14:1-7 (NIV).[1]

“I am the way, the truth and the life” must be one of the best-recognized sayings in Scripture next only to John 3:16. The saying is part of Jesus’ own words to his disciples as he prepared them for his departure back to the Father.

What did Jesus mean by referring to himself as “the way”?  Is he saying he is the “way to heaven,” as some Bible teachers and evangelists[2] would have us believe?

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