Weekly Winter Word 24

Apr 11, 2013

Jesus is the ONLY Way

Highlighted SFC Value:  B.R.I.D.G.E.

“Gospel” – The most important thing in our lives is the Good News; we readily share that message of hope in our words and deeds. John 8:12

Applicable SFC Brah-verb:   Brahverb #26

“There are many ways down the mountain but only one way to God: Jesus Christ!”

Jesus Christ is the only way. There are zero options.

STORY:

We live in a world of pluralism. There is more than one. There are choices, options, and different ways of thinking, doing, and feeling. According to the World Christian Encyclopedia (2000), global Christianity has 33,820 denominations! Accurate or not that is a ton of different views just within Christianity. People believe that getting to heaven and getting into right standing with God is like the many different paths that lead down the mountain. Along with this view, many believe they can simply take the cat-walk over to the next trail if it looks more fun.

However, Christianity is extremely exclusive. It denies all other options for humanity to be saved and set into right relationship with God. Jesus claimed this exclusivity when he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). It’s simple. There are zero options. But how can Jesus be so exclusive? Why can’t we find our own path to God?

Jesus was born of a virgin. A voice from heaven proclaimed him as the Son of God when he was baptized. Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, cast demons out of people and raised people from the dead. The religious leaders were baffled by his teachings. The wind and waves obeyed his commands. He forgave people’s sins. Jesus set people free from lives of prostitution, deceit, greed, religious piety, leprosy, and being complete outcasts. Jesus was tempted but never sinned. He forgave those who hung him on a cross to die. He rose from the dead. Try claiming that trick from the drop-in.

Bro, lets be real. Whoever walks out of his own grave, is WHOEVER HE SAYS HE IS! Jesus told us, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Period. Zero options. Jesus is the only way.

I don’t know of any other religion whose god has done the things Jesus did. Buddha is dead. Muhammad is dead. Gandhi is dead. Confucius is dead. Joseph Smith is dead. Jesus is alive! Jesus is God and God is perfect, holy, the Creator of the world, the Creator of you and me. He makes the rules. Imperfect beings, such as you and me, cannot become perfect, as God requires “perfection” without the intervention of a perfect being, namely Jesus. God sent Jesus to pay the penalty of sin for us. Jesus died in our place. God took the initiative and intervened on our behalf. Something only He can do because He is perfect; only HE can make us perfect. Only Christ can bring us back into a right relationship with God. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God. That’s just the way it is.

Look up these scriptures: John 14:1-11

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