Is Jesus the only way?
Updated: May 8
Yes, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Such an exclusive statement may offend, confuse or even surprise modern ears. But the Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Christ Jesus. One cannot get to heaven besides believing in Jesus Christ. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 NIV)
Now one could say that God is unfair that only for a glimpse of life our one decision will decide where we will spend the entire eternity or maybe that it is not right of God, that He sends people to Hell. (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24)
God gives all of us many chances and opportunities(Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV) to know about Him and has a personal relationship with God(Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 NIV). He is too good to persuade anyone in knowing Him. And yes He is sovereign and had planned everything and know about everything which will happen but we still have free will as to when getting to the point where we have to make a choice, now at that moment God knows if you make this choice what will happen and if you make that choice what will happen and still He did not intervene to persuade you to make a choice. He calls all of us according to His sovereign plan(“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart... Jeremiah 1:5; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:44) but the choice still has to be yours.
And even God doesn’t want to send people to Hell because the Bible says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16.” God never delights in sending people to Hell (The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9), He wants everyone to have eternal life in Jesus and stay with Him in the new earth and new heaven where every suffering, pain, and tear will be gone. (‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty, I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:4-6)
Real Christianity is not a religion, it is more like a friendship with the Almighty Father. But for the sake of clarity let’s say Christianity is religion but what differentiates it from other religions?
The answer is that Jesus himself claimed that He is God (The Father and I are one. John 10:30 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known John 1:18) and claimed that He is the only way and performed many signs and wonders like raising the dead, opening the eyes of the blind, healing the paralytic, cleansing the lepers, calming the storm, and many more. All the miracles prove the message of God that Jesus is from God. And the biggest sign is the resurrection of Jesus. He died on the cross and on the third day He rose again and defeated the death. And I don’t believe in any other world religion no one had ever done that and claimed that they can forgive sins, unlike Jesus who had said that he can forgive sins.
In all other religions, you have to earn your way to salvation and heaven, and still, you feel like you won’t get there. But in Christianity Christ had done everything all you have to do is to repent and believe in Him and accept Him as your Lord and Savior (If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9; If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9). It is God’s grace (unmerited favor) on us a humanity that he made the way to reaching the one and real God so simple and had done everything on our behalf. If it is not His love for us then what it is?
One more excuse that people make is that why would I believe in God, I don’t even know if He exists or not? And here I love what Late Rev. Billy Graham had said, “God is not some science lab experiment that I put Him in a test tube and proves His existence.” Some people can prove God’s existence too, but the problem is that people still won’t believe it because no one wants to be accountable to a higher power, everyone wants to be in the driver's seat, everyone wants to make their destiny on their own.
There’s this illustration by Billy Graham on faith, he says, “ You think of the faith that you to have every day. You have to have faith that your wife didn’t put poison in your coffee this morning, you have to have faith in her, she might have felt like it, but she didn’t. You have to have faith in the bank when you write a cheque and sign it you have money in the bank, you have to have faith that the bank is gonna pay it. You have to have faith in the government when you pull out a dollar bill. You have faith that people will accept it as money. Everything we do is by faith. Alright, take the same faith and put it in Jesus Christ.”
The disciples of Jesus and the author of new testament books died and got persecuted proclaiming the truth that Jesus is the savior and Lord (For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 1 Timothy 2:5), the messiah who will come and take away all the sins of mankind(He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2; No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. John 3:13), He was the savior which prophets spoke about 400 years before his coming in the old testament(“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17), He is truly God and truly man, the only risen one from death(Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; John 11:25; For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Romans 6:9), only one through whom all our vicious sins can be forgiven(“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18). Why would those people and many more die if this all wasn't true? They could all just deny the truth and could save their lives but they did not do that because they knew that Jesus is who He claims to be.
Jesus just doesn’t bring eternal life. He brings joy unending, peace unexplainable, contentment in every circumstance, promise to be with us in mourning and dancing, promise to be with us in the boat in the midst of the storm and when the sea is raging. It’s not like He doesn’t know our suffering. He walked before us here, He Knows what living is, He is acquainted with our grief. He was a man of sorrows. He was the 4th person in the fire. He still changes lives and He wants to come into everyone’s heart. You don’t have to do anything besides put your faith in Him and repent of your sins. He had done everything, taken every punishment which we have deserved. It was his love for us that made him endure everything. He is too loving to leave you to die. He wants everyone to be saved.
You can’t change your past but you can determine your destiny by deciding for Christ. But Christ can change your past. He died on the cross so that all the sins you’ve ever committed, all the things you’ve ever done wrong are forgiven(For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14). You have to repent of your sins which means being willing to change your way of living. You may have no power to let go of some habits you know are wrong but Christ can give you power if you surrender to him. (So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10; I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13)
It's an urgent decision because to delay making the right decision makes it harder. Indecision is itself is a choice. Not to decide is to decide not to. Decisions are made whether we make them or not. Time decides if you will not and time always decides against you.
Today is the day of salvation. Come to Jesus and have a new life. He is standing at the door knocking, “Will you let Him in?”
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