Thomas said to Jesus, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (Jn 14:4-5)
Thomas wants to know the way. Three times in this short passage, the way is used. In the Acts of the Apostles, it will be used eight times. Before Christianity was ever called Christianity, it was called, The Way.
It was a certain way of life. I’m familiar with some ways of life. A vegetarian. That’s a way of eating. A vegetarian could explain that if you want to be one of these people, then this is what you do and don’t do. Clear, simple focus.
A person in Weight Watchers could tell me how to eat and live as a Weight Watcher. A person in Alcoholics Anonymous could explain their way of life as an AA member. They all would probably refer me to systems, or books, or principles, or teachings.
There were two things anyone who was going to be a member in this community that was called The Way had to do:
They had to know The Way so they could help other people live it. They had to really live The Way. How am I doing? Do I really know The Way . . . and am I living it?