The Only Way

I have been reading through the Gospel of John a lot lately. I must say some of my favorite chapters in the Bible are found in this Gospel; specifically chapters 14-17. Throughout these verses we see Jesus laying out things that are going to happen. He was going to the cross, but before he did he wanted to reassure them – and us – that though he would suffer and die, he would return.

In the opening verses of John 14, Jesus tells the disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them and that the disciples already knew how to get there. Then in John 14:6, “Jesus said to Thomas, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me you know the Father.” Thomas, from an outward / physical perspective, tried to perceive what Jesus was saying, but Christ was speaking from an inward perspective – the heart. He was telling them all that HE is the way to where they are going.

From a missions standpoint it is crucial that the people we come into contact with understand the Good News. We must make it clear who Christ is: Jesus is God; he lived the perfect life as fully God and fully man; he died for our sin; took our place; paid our debt in full; rose again; is reigning as we speak! He is the only way to a relationship with God.

It is such good news that we should be proclaiming it on the roof tops! Jesus is that shining star on the gate that is illuminated for all to see. He clearly reveals the narrow path to the presence of God: know Christ equals knowing God, no exceptions. There are many people and religions who would object. We must be clear when speaking. Let Christ’s own words do their work through the Holy Spirit.