Jesus is the Way

Judaism sees salvation as a judgment day decision based on morality. Hindus anticipate multiple reincarnations in the soul’s journey through the cosmos. Buddhism guides your life according to the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-fold Path. Muslims earn their way to Allah through the Five Pillars of Faith.

Many philosophers deem life after death as hidden and unknown, “a great leap in the dark.” Some people clump Christ with Moses, Mohammad, Confucius, and other spiritual leaders. But Jesus declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Many object, “All roads lead to heaven.”

But how can they?

Buddhists look toward Nirvana, achieved after no less than 547 reincarnations. Christians believe in one life, one death, and an eternity of enjoying God. Humanists don’t acknowledge a creator of life. Jesus is the source of life. Spiritualists read your palms. Christians consult the Bible. Hindus perceive a plural and impersonal God.

Christ-followers believe “there is only one God” (1 Co 8:4 NLT). Every non-Christian religion says, “You can save you.” Jesus says: “My death on the cross saves you.”

All roads don’t lead to Metro Manila, all ships don’t sail to Australia, and all flights don’t land in Rome. Every path does not lead to God. Jesus blazed a stand-alone trail void of self-salvation.

He cleared a one-of-a-kind passageway uncluttered by human effort. He offers us a unique invitation in which He works and we trust, He dies and we live, He invites and we believe. “The work God wants you to do is this: Believe the One he sent” (Jn 6:29 NCV).

So do you believe in Jesus?

“I am the way.” John 14:6 RSV

Bob Gass

November 26th, 2015

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