Faith & Values
Tim Johnson: Exploring what we call Christianity
Nov 6, 2015 at 6:00 PM
I propose to you Christianity is something far more.
Jesus makes a great claim in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Think about what He is saying here, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” In other words, no one can get to God unless they go through Him first.
Many people believe if you worship God at all, either in your own way or through some organized religion then God will honor that worship and grant you life eternal. They believe we all worship the same God, but call Him by different names and all roads of faith will lead to eternal bliss. What Jesus said is direct contradiction to the belief that all roads lead to God.
If you think He must have meant something else, consider the words of Peter in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
It seems pretty clear. The teaching of Jesus Christ and the leader of His Apostles after His ascension was that the only way to God is through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Again, considering the words of Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way.” He is telling us He is the way to the Father, He is the way of eternal life.
“I am…the truth” He is explaining to us if you want to know the truth about God, about life eternal, about life here on this earth, you can only find it through Him. In fact, He is telling us not only can truth be found in Him, but He is also telling us He is the truth.
“I am…the life.” Again, He is telling us that He is life. He is the only way to life, and He is the only way of life. We cannot have a relationship with God the Father, experience a life of meaning and purpose or life eternal without Jesus Christ. He told us in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
What is Christianity? According to the teaching of its founder, Jesus Christ and its early teachers, the Apostles, Christianity is the only way to God.
How do we find the way, know the truth and live the life?
How most people look for the way is the equivalent to men throwing away the map and refusing to stop for directions, driving around aimlessly, gaining frustration every moment.
Countless lives are like this - going through life aimlessly with endless frustration. Seeking joy and purpose, yet not having any idea what joy and purpose are; making them impossible to find. Not realizing or rejecting that Jesus is the way they have been seeking.
The same applies to the truth. The truth, Jesus Christ, is dismissed because people will believe what they want to believe and many will believe anything as long as it is not Jesus.
When it comes to life, well, if you reject the way of life and refuse the truth of life, then the likelihood of having life and having it more abundantly must be around zero.
The angel told Joseph the child in Mary’s womb, “shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus stated the reason He came in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Jesus came to save us from our sins.
To save us from our sins He had to shed His blood, He had to die. Hebrews 9:22, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
Jesus did this at Calvary, and the Father played a huge part in the entire plan. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God the Father loved us so much He sent His son, Jesus Christ to save us by shedding His blood on our behalf. By doing this, the Father established Jesus as the only the way, the only truth, and the only life.
What is Christianity? It is the only way to God.
Preacher Tim Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. Email him [email protected] or visit preacherjohnson.com.