When Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." was that simply a statement of exclusivity or was there more going on there?
When Jesus first started his public ministry John the Baptist was there to announce that Jesus was the long await messiah. However, 11 chapters into Matthews gospel, things weren't going well for John. So he sent some of his disciples to Jesus to ask "Are you the One who is to come or should we expect someone else?" Essentially, "Are you the messiah or did I make a huge mistake?"