Our Saviour Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). In this statement Jesus asserts that he is the only way to God. Implicit in what he says is the conviction that all other theories, all other philosophies, all other gurus, prophets messiahs, all other whatever DO NOT lead to God.
This assertion by our LORD sets Him in direct confrontation with the world in which we live. The common understanding in the world is that all roads lead to God. According to such a view it is up to you to choose the religion that you feel comfortable with. Normally, this is the religion that you have been brought up in. If you were brought up as a Muslim, then that is what you stick with and that applies to all other religions. If the religion teaches about God and living a good life, it is seen as being good enough.
Regrettably, though, it is not good enough! And we can say that because our Saviour said that He is the only way. We need to be very clear on this. If you choose another way, other than Jesus, then you are set on a way that does not lead to God. Jesus says He is the only way to God, all other ways do not lead to God. We need to repeat this in order to make it absolutely clear because the consequences are immense. This is because all other ways lead ultimately in one direction and that is to eternal hell. The LORD, in the Sermon on the Mount, urged His hearers to “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matt. 7:13-14). The broad road is like a many laned highway. Each lane representing a religion or a guru or a philosophy. But each, being part of the same road, carries you to the same destination. And that destination is destruction. We are then beginning to see, that we need to be very very careful regarding the choices we make in respect of our religion or our way of life. To go in the wrong direction does not just matter for this life, but for eternity. It is not just a matter of sincerely following a religion and believing that that is good enough. Sincere is not enough.
We have established that Jesus is the only way to knowing God. It is only He who leads to us enjoying and knowing eternal life. However, we need to be sure that we are following the right Jesus. Many say that they are followers of Jesus. It is observed in the 2011 census for England and Wales 59.3% described themselves as Christian. But of these how many are truly following the Christ of the Bible? There are many Christs, but there is only one true Christ and He is the One revealed to us in the Scriptures.
One Jesus who most people are happy to align with is the Jesus who is a good teacher. The one whose teachings lead to healthy lifestyles and a better society is the Jesus many are happy to accept . To such a Jesus many give some vague affiliation to Him and His ways. But this misses the point concerning who Jesus is and why He came. Truly He is a good teacher; in fact He is the greatest teacher. However, He did not come just to teach decent people to live decent lives. Rather, he came to save sinners. Jesus once said to some religious people I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). His teachings lead us to repentance which in turns leads us to Christ as Saviour. Remember the glorious message of the angels to the Shepherds when Jesus was born that a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.(Luke 2:11b). Let us be clear Jesus teachings do reveal our sin; and our sin needs to be repented of and taken away. It is Jesus the Saviour who is able to take away our sins and rescue us from them.
Having found that Jesus is the only way to God and that Jesus is the only Saviour, we must guard ourselves against complacency. The LORD once said Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36). However, many profess to know Him, but do not actually know Him. On another occasion The Lord said to a large crowd “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46). We need to examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves (2 Cor. 13:5a). If our lives show, by our desire for righteousness and to please God, that we have been transformed then we can be assured we truly belong to Christ and have eternal life. If not we need to repent and come to the LORD so as to be find eternal life in Christ.
Finally, we need to refute the teaching that accepts Christianity as being just one religion which is of equal value to all others. Our LORD’s statement that He is the only way to God means that either Christianity is the only true religion and all others must be rejected as dangerous error, or Christianity is wrong and it must be rejected. This can be said because:
- If what Jesus said is true then all others ways are not true and do not lead to life and do not lead to God. All other religions are false and leading people astray and ultimately to destruction.
- If what Jesus said is not true then he is a liar and no liar should be trusted to bring the true way to God. If such was the case (and it certainly is NOT!) Christianity should be dismissed for being based on falsehood.
In the society in which we live, the claim to have Jesus as the only Saviour is likely to lead us into more and more opposition. This is because people increasingly take the view that each one religion or way of life is as good as the next. We must stand firm on this teaching. If we fail to resist the challenge then the whole superstructure of our faith begins to collapse. To know God through Christ is priceless! Let us urge others to similarly embrace the only Saviour and never forget that Jesus said I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
(Taken from Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of February 2013)