walk in the word
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” John 14:6
Have you noticed that many people, and surprisingly some Christians, want to reconstruct the road to heaven? Some propose, “Let’s broaden this thing out to four lanes so more people could get on. The road is too narrow as it is.”
Jesus spoke to that issue in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
That kind of singularity is like fingernails on a chalkboard to our culture. “One way? Let’s offer many paths to God . . . Jesus, Mohammed—pick the one that’s best for you.” Man’s way: broad. God’s way: narrow and only through Christ.
This week on the air we’re in the series, Iraq, Islam, and the Middle East: Insights and Answers from God’s Word. The series is intended to answer people’s questions about the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. Today I want to focus on the bull’s eye of that issue: Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation and that to deny Him is to choose eternal death and separation from God.
Whoa! That’s hard to hear . Does the Bible really teach this? You can be sure that it does:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not believe in the Son of God shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)
“Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given to men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; and he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:11-12)
And of course the well-known, pivotal verse, John 14:6, where Jesus said categorically, “I am the way, the truth, the life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.”
Now, don’t picture Jesus in John 14:6 as some brutal heavenly gatekeeper and says Nobody gets to the Father except through Me. Instead He’s saying, “Over hear! Come this way. Jesus welcomes every single person who comes to Him. He doesn’t block the path; He is the path!
It all comes down to this. “But as many as received [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Salvation, forgiveness, the gift of eternal life all come through Jesus Christ. To whom? To all who believe. Your eternity rests on what you believe about Jesus Christ.
Is Jesus your Savior? Can you look to a specific time in your life when you turned from your sin and embraced Christ by faith as God’s only provision for your forgiveness? It all comes down to this. You could know right now, if you would pray this from your heart. Tell Him:
“God, I am a sinner. I acknowledge that I have broken Your law; I have missed the mark. I have failed You in many ways. But I believe that Jesus died for me. He paid the price of my sin. He purchased my forgiveness. I believe that. I embrace You as my own Lord and Savior. I choose You. I choose life.”
If you pray that from your heart God will hear you. And He promises, “He who comes to Me, I will under no circumstances send away” (John 6:37). Isn’t that good news?
All of life comes down to what road you’re on . . . and where it’s going. I proclaim to you the incomparable, unfailing, surpassing supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things. He is the only way to God.
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