Wednesday, December 19, 2012

1 John 2:25-29

And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

Is Jesus the only way to God? How can Christians arrogantly claim that Jesus is the only way to God? Perhaps, the world is a land of many caravans that trail their way to God, and Jesus is just leading one of the caravans. Perhaps, all who sincerely try hard enough find peace in the end, and make their way to the great Spirit of the universe, whether that’s God or Allah, or whoever or whatever that Spirit is. I guess, we could open the Bible and see if Jesus could shed some light on the eternal situation. Let’s start with John 14:6, And Jesus said unto him, “I am the way…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Or, we can go to “John 10:27-28, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” Or we could go hear one of His followers in Acts 4:8-12, “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them…’By the name of Jesus Christ…Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Biblical Conclusion: Jesus is the only way. There is no other. He is not simply “a way.” He is “the way.” He personally claims exclusivity, and His followers after Him concur that He is the only way. To say anything else, requires a reader to discard Jesus as either a liar or crazy. He can only remain legitimate if He is seen as He claims Himself to be - “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Eternal life can only be found in Jesus. We receive eternal life through Him, alone. And with love and compassion, we must address the false claims of those around us who would argue that Jesus is “a way,” and not “the way.” Love compels us to liberate the blind with the light-giving truth of Jesus’s exclusivity. Eternal life is too important to miss, and those that look for it anywhere but in Jesus will certainly miss it.
Food For Thought: What does Jesus say about His exclusivity? What did Jesus’s disciples say about His exclusivity? What should we say about His exclusivity?