Friday, January 14, 2011

I am the Way


"I am the way" (John 14:6)

I am sure we have all heard the modern day notion that religion is a personal matter and all roads lead to the same place. Those who claim there are not many roads to God but just one are considered to be narrow-minded individuals. Today we are more concerned about being open-minded rather than truly caring for souls. Jesus, on the other hand, leaves no room for Christians to speak anything other than the truth about who he is when he says, "I am the way."

The first thing we see in this claim is the definite article "the." Jesus is not claiming to be "a" way but "the way." As Christians, we have graciously had our eyes opened to the truth of Scripture therefore we affirm it is the infallible Word of God. Jesus is the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords who is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is our Savior and Lord. As Christians, we hold to the word of Christ which we find in the Bible. In the Bible we read clearly that Jesus said, "I am the way." We can attempt to dance around this truth but I just do not see how it is possible because he goes to say at the end of the verse: "No one comes to the Father except by me" (John 14:6b). No one means no one. Coming to the Father means a change in status from enemy of God to a son or daughter of God therefore we have an inheritance with the King. This is the path to eternal life. Period.

Second we see the word "way" in this claim. I know we touched on it some above but I want to look at one of my favorite Biblical terms which is the word mediation. Jesus is our mediator. Mediation involves three parties: Two at odds with each other and one to provide reconciliation. When we think of it in human terms we get an imperfect picture. The problem lies in the fact that all three parties are sinful. Spiritually, we have God and man as the two parties at odds with one another. Man is at odds with God because man wants to be God and has therefore rebelled against God. God, being holy, cannot look upon sin therefore he cannot look upon sinners. I have heard this described as the great dilemma. At this point in the story God is perfectly just in sending every single human being to hell because we have sinned against our Creator. We have to have a mediator or else we receive nothing but what we deserve which is hell.

But God in the greatest act of love sends his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to redeem sinners. Jesus, being fully divine and fuly human, can be the mediator between humans and God. The Bible says, "There is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). The Son has fellowship with the Father because he is perfectly holy. The Son has fellowship with humans because he has humbled himself to take the form of humanity (Phil. 2:5-8). Through the cross Jesus provides the reconciliation between sinners and God. "For God so loved the world that he sent his only Son that whoever believe in him might not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Do you believe Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father? Do you believe he provided the payment for your sins at Calvary? I want to be as loving as I can in saying Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. There are not many paths, only one. Listen to the Words of Christ: "I am the way."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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