We live in a time where the prevailing message is that “All religions are equally valid and basically teach the same thing.” This way of thinking has swept our culture like a storm.
Americans love options. We live in a culture where there are endless options in just about every area of life. 800 channels of TV. The average supermarket stocks nearly 40,000 different items. Malls with dozens of stores. We love options! It just seems natural that there would be options in the spiritual arena as well. Many people think of Christianity as just one more option on the spiritual buffet table of life.
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
Why can’t people just believe whatever they want to believe, as long as they are sincere? I’ve heard parents say, “It doesn’t matter to me what my kids believe, as long as they believe something.” Sincerity is great. No one questions sincerity. But sincerity, or the lack of it, has nothing to do with determining truth. In other words, we can be sincerely right or be sincerely wrong.
In John 14:6 Jesus said,..
I am the way - Jesus doesn’t say he is A way, he says he is THE way. Jesus didn’t say he knew the way. Jesus does not create a path for us to hike. He is not clearing the brush and making a path visible. He is saying…He is the way! We are not saved by a principle or a force, but by a person.
2. I am the truth - Truth is the scarcest commodity in the world. We hear people say, “That might be true for you, but it’s not for me.” People today don’t seem to be all that interested in truth. But without the clarity and consistency of moral absolute truth, we are reduced to doing what seems right, what feels good, what produces the least resistance, and what provides the greatest personal fulfillment.
Jesus rises up above our cultural confusion and shouts out, “I am the truth!” 78 times in the Gospels it is record that Jesus said, “I tell you the truth…”
3. I am the life - All throughout the Gospel of John the principle of spiritual vitality is described for us. Without Jesus all we have is death – separation from God. Because Jesus died for us, and rose again to new life – we too can live. We now can have a relationship with God.
In the end, it doesn’t matter how nice or moral a person is because there is not enough niceness or morality to pay for our rejection of God. Either we must be rejected or we turn to Jesus who was rejected for us. This is the heart of the gospel. Jesus lays down his very own life for those who reject him, for his enemies, for those who don’t believe in him, and he offers them forgiveness. Amazing!
Yes, Jesus is the only way to God. He is the way, the truth and the life.
Today’s challenge: In prayer, reaffirm your faith in Jesus as the only door to a relationship with God.
- Why do people struggle with the belief that Jesus is the only way to God?
- What does it mean that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life?
- Why is this topic so important?
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