“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6; KJV)
In the days following the resurrection of Jesus and His return to Heaven, believers gathered together in their homes to discuss the events of the preceding days and study and meditate on the teachings that were given to them by Jesus.
Contrary to what some might believe, these early followers of Jesus were not called Christians. That title wasn’t created until the Emperor Constantine did it during the Council of Nicea.
They originally referred to themselves as The Way. I believe this is due, in part, to what Jesus taught in the verse cited above. He is the way. He is the only way to salvation. Salvation can be found nowhere else but through Jesus.
In an earlier blog, I referenced a saying I’ve heard from a number of different pastors:
“The Old Testament is in the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.”
Jesus is on nearly every page of the Bible. The message of hope and salvation can be seen in every chapter from Genesis to Malachi and from Matthew to Revelation.
When you get right down to it, the truth is that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
I know that might ruffle some feathers of those who have different believes but I’m not writing this to coddle you or (as some New Age people put it) there are many “truths” and many ways to get to Heaven. That’s not the case at all.
How do I know this? Because the Bible says so. Because the Bible also has something in it that none of the other books of faith have: prophecies written thousands of years ago being fulfilled today. All you need to do is read and study the books of Daniel or Isaiah or Revelation and you’ll see what I mean.
I’m not here to condemn other people’s beliefs but to show that believing in Jesus is the only truth out there and the only truth living for.
As Christians, we are given a new life; a life found in our faith in the blood of Jesus. That faith also give us the hope of an eternal life with Jesus.
However, as unrepentant sinners, we can never obtain this eternal life except by putting our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus and by repenting of our sins. Once we have done this, we can be assured of that life as Paul wrote about in Romans:
“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11)
It sounds cliché to say that that’s all there is to it but that’s the truth. The truth is that the way is through Jesus and, in the end, you will find eternal life.