Pamela Myers Palmer
"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" John 14:6
Sometimes, Jesus taught in parables. Other times, He asked unexpected or what seemed to be unrelated questions. And yet, there are other moments in the Gospel accounts when He was completely and utterly crystal clear on an issue. The above verse found in John 14 is one of those crystal clear moments. Jesus declared that He is the way. He is the only one. No one comes to God the Father except through Jesus.
This can be a hard truth to accept, and it is one that is usually followed up with a lot of difficult questions, some of which we may have to leave at the mercy, grace, and mystery of the Lord. It is truly not any human being's place to judge where any of us will wind up eternally. But the clear biblical message is this: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one else. No other God. No other path. No other instruction. Salvation is found in Jesus alone.
We live in a culture and world that professes a very different message. Many paths lead to God. Find your own happiness. Follow nature and good vibes. Listen to your inner strength and voice. All of these common opinions are missing biblical support, and the source of unmatched truth and joy and hope found in Jesus. Living any other way but for Jesus will leave you missing out on the real abundance of salvation, healing, and hope. It will leave you devoid of the One whom your heart is yearning for. It will leave you empty of the only real Love that can fill you up.
Jesus is the way.
Jesus alone is the way to the Father. Though we all have different lives, come from various backgrounds, and go through unique circumstances that bring us to the feet of Jesus, the end point is still the same: a relationship with the one true King. This is why Jesus left us with the great commission to go and share the Gospel to all nations and baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:16-20). There's one way to God, and that's through Jesus Christ. We as believers have the honorable task of sharing that message and helping others find Him.
Sharing the message of Jesus is so crucial because it truly is a matter of life and death. This world is broken, sinful, and so in need of the grace of God. People are desperate and searching for love and peace--those which can only be found in Jesus. Through Jesus we find forgiveness, salvation, freedom, redemption. Through Jesus we are given hope, peace, and joy. Let us share this message, let us help others find Jesus, too, because He is the only way to the Father.
Let us pray
Lord, you are so good and merciful. How blessed we are to know your name. Empower us to go out and share the good news. Let us not hide the Light, but help others to come to know you as their Lord and Savior. Give us strong convictions and help us to trust the biblical message that says you are the only way. Let us not be deceived by false messages of society that tell us different. Let us boldly proclaim your truth and love in a world in need. Draw our hearts closer to you each day. Thank you for saving us and giving our lives purpose, meaning, and hope. Amen.
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