Hear Ye the Word of the LORD
St. 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."
This is a very narrow minded phrase that our Lord has spoken to us some 2,000 years ago. It certainly seems at odds with to days narrow minded contemporary pluralistic society. We live in a generation where as long as you believe in something it is ok. You don't have to go to church, or even act religious and that is ok too. After all, we are the ones who will chose our own future.
We reason that if we give to the poor, that is good. If we visit the homeless and provide a shelter for them as the seasons change, that is good. If we raise our own children, and teach them to read, write, do math, and learn history, we have done our noble share. If we give to the cancer, heart, or such societies that is great and what we should do. We reason if we help those who have lost their homes due to flooding, storms, earthquakes, and other natural catastrophes that is doing enough. And when it comes to our own personal spiritual relationships, we would like to believe that such good works ought to stand us in good company when we meet God.
While all these thing are good, they do not fill the requirement of the Lord. He says that he is the way. He is the only way to heaven and to be in a good standing in the company of God. While good works are highly recommended by him, they are not the way. It is only by his drawing us by his prevenient grace that we can know him. Without this grace there is no hope. Works cannot get us to heaven no matter how good they are.
Jesus says that he is the truth. That too is a very narrow concept for our pluralistic society to comprehend. We want to be scientific and believe in the evolution of man and that man can be big enough to destroy the environment. Yet Jesus tells us the truth that God created man and all that is within the world. John tells us a truth about God when he says that God is love. This is so very true. Listen to how much he loves us. "For God so loved the world, (you and me) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth (and not just a chosen few of the "elect," preordained so, before the foundation of the world, but ALL who believe) in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world (you and me) through him might be saved."
Jesus also says that he is life. The Bible is clear that all the world has its life in him. He breathed into man at creation the breath of life. He caused all the creatures of the world to live. He alone can give eternal life which we all seek.
He makes the very narrow claim, that no matter the amount of works, giving to the church, being baptized with membership in a certain church, or taking care of the environment or anything we do, will not get us to heaven without doing it his way. It is only by his blood atonement and faith in him that we can gain heaven.
While this seems narrow, it is the truth. As Methodist Christians we whole heartedly admit to such truth. Won't you come to Christ today? Ask him to do a work of grace in your heart and he will hear your voice and do it. Whosoever will, may come to him. Of course, it only stands to reason, if you don't do it his way, you will be separated from him in hell for all eternity. Take time now and consider this truth. Please. There is no other way but through Christ.