We learn that there is no approach to God without going through Jesus. Consider, more specifically, what this means for us. Jesus is “the way” in that only through him can we enter into an approved relationship with God. Why is that so? By proving faithful to death, Jesus gave his life as a ransom sacrifice. (Matthew 20:28) Without this ransom provision, it would be impossible for us to have access to God. Sin creates a barrier between humans and God, for the Father is holy and therefore can never approve of sin. But the sacrifice of Jesus removed the barrier; it provided the necessary covering, or atonement, for sin. If we accept God’s provision through Christ and put faith in it, we can enter into God’s favor. There is simply no other way for us to become “reconciled to God.”—Romans 5:6-11.
Jesus is “the way” when it comes to prayer. Only through Jesus can we go to the father in prayer with the assurance that our heartfelt petitions will be favorably heard. (1 John 5:13, 14) Jesus himself said: “If you ask the Father for anything he will give it to you in my name. . . . Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.” (John 16:23, 24) Appropriately, in the name of Jesus, we can approach God in prayer and call Him “our Father.” (Matthew 6:9) Jesus is “the way” in yet another sense—by his example. As noted earlier, Jesus perfectly imitated his Father. Jesus’ example thus shows us how to live so as to please God. To approach Jehovah, then, we must walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Jesus’ words are as relevant today as they were when he uttered them. We can therefore have full confidence that if we follow Jesus, we will never become lost. He, and he alone, will show us the way “to the Father.”