Is Jesus Christ the only way?

A worldview exists today that puts a high value on broad-mindedness.

To be exclusive is narrow and bigoted and wrong; but to be inclusive is to be educated and sophisticated and intellectual. This school argues along a ‘politically-correct’ line:

“Are there not many roads to God? Why Jesus? Is that not just a little too narrow? Does that not exclude the Jews, the Moslems and the Buddhists? Could God not have provided many ways to heaven?”

No matter how much the world accuses Christians of being “narrow,” especially when they insist that the only gate to eternal life is Jesus Christ, the fact remains that narrowness can be a great virtue.

Consider a couple of examples:

We need to honestly examine this question.

If Jesus is the only way, we need to know it for certain.

If Jesus is the only way, then however you may feel about it, to ignore it is to put your soul into spiritual jeopardy.

However, if there are many ways (and history is cluttered with many different spiritual teachers, offering different routes to a heavenly paradise), we need to know that too.

Are there grounds for believing that Christ Jesus is the only way to God's heaven?

THE STATEMENT THAT HE MADE.

Jesus Himself claimed to be the only way. In John 14:6, He declares: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

That is a very focused, narrow, and exclusive statement, declaring that there is:

no other way we can get to heaven, no other way we can approach God, no other way we can be saved.... except through Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 4:12). Many are prepared to believe that Jesus was a good teacher, but refuse to accept that He is the only way to heaven. But Jesus claimed to be the only way to God. Therefore the only options we have are:

Either He was a liar, a lunatic, a legend developed by His followers after His death, - or He was legitimately the Lord.

(i) Was He A LIAR?

The historical verdict of the gospels reveals that there was nothing in His character, nature, or activities that would indicate that Jesus would have purposefully deceived anyone.

(ii) Was He was A LUNATIC?

Far from showing any evidence of mental instability in His life, His interaction with sinners brought them into a “right mind” (cf. Mark 5:15).

On Calvary, Jesus was a man under intense pressure, yet He was calm, collected, forgiving, and loving - nothing unstable there!

(iii) Was He merely A LEGEND developed in the minds of His followers after His death?

Whenever the gospel accounts about Jesus were written, people who knew the situation were still alive, therefore those accounts could not be falsified.

(iv) The only other conclusion that we can come to is that Christ Jesus was LEGITIMATELY the Lord.

He was who He said He was. Consider His power over nature and disease; His sinless and blameless life. Can He be anything other than who He said He was?

Another glorious historical event should be remembered ... Christ's resurrection from the grave. This was:

THE SIGN THAT HE GAVE

That is the greatest proof of Christ’s person, power and purpose.

His resurrection from the dead is the foundation of the Christian church and of the Christian faith. Without the resurrection it is all a cruel joke (1 Corinthians 15:14).

But how do we know the resurrection happened in the way in which the Bible describes it? There have been many who have tried to explain away the resurrection of Jesus.

(i) The first explanation that was given is found in Matthew’s gospel where it records that the religious leaders paid the guards to say that while they were asleep the disciples came and stole the body (Matthew 28:11-15).

Why would the disciples (who only a few days earlier had fled for their lives in terror), steal the dead body of Jesus and then begin to boldly proclaim a lie - that Jesus had risen from the dead and was the true Messiah? Some of them (including Stephen and James) were executed for claiming this!

Why would these men bother to suffer and die for a lie?

Obviously, they did not steal the body.

(ii) Another explanation is that the Jews or the Romans stole the body of Jesus.

That does not make sense, because neither the Jews nor the Romans wanted any of the Christians to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead.

(iii) Some say, “The women imagined it. They wanted so badly for Jesus not to be dead. When they came to the tomb, they went to the wrong one and imagined that Jesus had risen from the dead.”

Never mind Joseph of Arimathea (who owned the tomb) being able to identify where that tomb was - I am sure the Romans and the Jews would have been quick to point it out as well.

(iv) Others claim that Jesus merely swooned on the Cross, then, in the coolness and dampness of the tomb, He refreshed Himself, regained His strength, and got up and pushed the stone away.

People who adopt this theory forget the severity of the crucifixion.

Our Lord died a real, verifiable death (as that Roman soldier proved when he saw no necessity to break Christ’s legs to quicken His death - He was already dead; John 19:31-36).

The best - and only - explanation that fits the evidence is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

The resurrection of Christ is the most attested fact in history. There were many witnesses to the risen Lord - people who saw Him at different locations, at different times, and whether they were saints, sceptics, or sinners, they all said the same thing: “Christ Jesus lives again!”

If Jesus rose from the dead, our faith is not vain; also, His resurrection proves that everything Jesus said was true - and that includes His claim to be the only Saviour!

Given the fact of Jesus’ resurrection, a very relevant question must be posed: where are the founders of the other world religions?

Jesus lives, no longer thy portals are cheerless, Jesus lives, the mighty and strong to save!

THE SAVIOUR THAT WE NEED

Dr. H. A. Ironside was once asked: “Dr. Ironside, there are so many different religions in the world, so many options to choose from, how do you know which one of these hundreds and hundreds of religions are right?”

Dr. Ironside looked at the questioner and said, “I don’t see that, I only see there are only two kinds of religions in the world.

(1) There is first of all the kind of religion that grants salvation based upon something you do and (2) second of all, the kind of religion that salvation is based upon something that has already been done for you. Christianity is the only one of the latter, all the other world religions base their salvation ... upon something that you do.”

Two questions must be answered.

The answer is ... Jesus is the only way!

Let His word burn its way into your soul; John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

Do all roads lead to heaven? No. But the road that leads to heaven is through Christ the Way. Apart from Christ, no one gets there!

I am, saith Christ, the Way, Now, if we credit Him, All other paths must lead astray, How fair soe’er they seem. One way, God said, to get to heaven, Jesus is THE ONLY WAY!

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