jesus didn't say it as it would have been heretical to his teachings. he never claimed to be the son of god...what john was preaching, the followers of jesus tried to stop.<quoted text>
John is the only gospel that records the startling, seminal statement, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
If Jesus actually said this to His disciples -- and if in fact it is true and our eternal pain or happiness depends on it -- don't you think all of the gospels would have recorded it?
Would this idea not have survived from the earliest days of Christianity by word of mouth as one of the most important ideas of the new religion?
Why is it not in the Synoptics? And why does it not appear in the earliest writings, the letters of Paul?
Why does it only appear in the last dated of the gospels, nearly 60 years later?
(And if you say "Jesus only said this privately to John" I would ask "Why wouldn't John have eagerly passed this on to the other disciples and thus made it a part of their shared understanding? If our eternal destiny depends on it?")
Could it have something to do with the fact that John was probably written by the Johanine community in Asia Minor, where they were surrounded by Greek culture with its full pantheon of Gods from which to choose, and at a time (late in the first century) when the new religion was trying to make inroads into this polytheistic Gentile community? A clear statement of exclusivity from "The Son of God" might have been helpful in their missionary efforts.
jesus preached to jews about re-establishing the kingdom of god here on earth, not in heaven, where the twelve tribes of israel would rule over an ethnically cleansed land once again...
nothing holy about that,,,just another cult whack-job...