“…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.“ (Jesus, John 14:6)
A few days ago, we talked about Jesus being the way, the truth, and the life – and what that means to each of us personally (you can review the post from April 25).
I want to take the next step, and answer the question that gnaws at so many…
Is Jesus really the only way to God?
Certainly this seems to be too exclusive a claim. After all, there are many sincere people, all over the globe (and in many different religions), who are eagerly seeking the divine Being… and truth… and who just want to be good, decent, moral people. Why should they be excluded, just because they do not seek God, in the Christian way? After all, most people conclude… “all roads lead to God, anyway.”
The problem with all these viewpoints is that they all conveniently/tragically exclude God’s viewpoint. If this is truly God’s world (He created it, He sustains it) then His view about things is really all that should matter. His view is right. All other views, no matter how well-intentioned, are just wrong. And if He has graciously provided just one door into relationship with Him, why would we ever try to find a different way in. Why would we ignore what God tells us, to try and provide for ourselves?
To illustrate… If, one day, I come home and tell my children that I have a huge surprise for them… waiting out in the backyard. What should my children do, to gain what is promised? It’s obvious… head out back, and enjoy their surprise.
But, what if, instead, they start running around the house looking in the closets, turning bedrooms upside-down, and scouring every nook and cranny (whatever those are??) to the point of exhaustion, and frustration. And how do you think they would express their disappointment? They would probably be upset, and angry… most likely, at me! They wanted to find my surprise. They searched diligently for my surprise. They did everything they knew to do, to find what I was offering – accept do the one thing that would have immediately rewarded them.
Now, who is at fault? I told my children just what they needed to know – but they ignored me, and went about doing their own thing…
I wonder sometimes, if this isn’t how God might feel about those who seek their own path to Him?
He came to us, and Personally, told us the one way we could know the fullness of everything for which our souls yearned. He even did everything necessary to provide for us. He offered us something that is absolutely priceless – a treasure that is worth everything we have… to gain all that He offers us.
Jesus even warned us (just to make sure that everything was crystal clear)… “NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.”
God has made this priceless gift available to anyone who will receive it. He has even told us how we can receive it, and where. If we choose to ignore His gracious gift, by trying to earn it, or get it some other way… then how should He respond to our ungratefulness and neglect??
The writer to the Hebrews, answers: “How shall we escape (God’s punishment) if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Heb. 2:3)
Prayer focus: God, help me to trust in the all-sufficiency of Jesus.