“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
One Path Leads to God
Some historians clump Christ with Moses, Muhammad, Confucius, and other spiritual leaders. But Jesus refuses to share the page. He declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6 rsv). He could have scored more points in political correctness had he said, “I know the way,” or, “I show the way.” Yet he speaks not of what he does but of who he is: I am the way.
His followers refused to soften or shift the spotlight. Peter announced: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 nlt).
Many recoil at such definitiveness. John 14:6 and Acts 4:12 sound primitive in this era of broadbands and broad minds. The world is shrinking, cultures are blending, borders are bending; this is the day of inclusion. All roads lead to heaven, right?
But can they? The sentence makes good talk show fodder, but is it accurate? Can all approaches to God be correct? How can all religions lead to God when they are so different? We don’t tolerate such illogic in other matters. We don’t pretend that all roads lead to London or all ships sail to Australia. All flights don’t land in Rome…
Every path does not lead to God. Jesus blazed a standalone trail void of self-salvation. He cleared a one-of-a-kind passageway uncluttered by human effort. Christ came, not for the strong, but for the weak; not for the righteous, but for the sinner. We enter his way upon confession of our need, not completion of our deeds. He offers a unique-to-him invitation in which he works and we trust, he dies and we live, he invites and we believe.
We believe in him.
[3:16: The Numbers of Hope]
You are not willing that any person spend life without you. You have made a pathway of salvation for all who choose to walk on that way. The Bible teaches us that your Son, Jesus, is the way and the truth. There are not many ways to make our hearts right before you. There is only one way, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. Thank you that you offer this unique invitation of salvation to all who choose to believe in you,
“Nor is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.”
~ Max Lucado ~