Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6 ESV)
In today’s culture, this belief that Jesus is the only way to God is not widely held. In fact, it is becoming viewed more and more as a hate crime because it appears to be intolerant of other religions and beliefs. But Jesus saw the same thing in his own day when the religious leaders accused Jesus of doing miracles by the power of Beelzebub. Yes, Jesus’ words are exclusive. Salvation is only given to those who believe in Jesus. But his words are also inclusive as they are given to all. The atheist, the Muslim, the budhist, are all invited to know the truth. The gospel is for all who believe, no matter what race or cultural standing. Jesus said these words not because he hated but because he loved. To keep this truth from people so that no one finds God is an act of hate. Jesus loves.
How about you? How are you trying to get to God? Do you believe Jesus’ words? Do you hold this truth back from people so as not to offend them or do you share it with people, even if it means being called intolerant?
Ask God to give you opportunities to invite others to know Jesus.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Sa 4-5, 1 Co 15, Ez 13, Jn 14