Date Posted: February 13th, 2012
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
Other religions center around certain teachings and practices that you can adopt into your life. You can have Buddhism without Buddha or Islam without Mohammed, but you cannot have Christianity without Christ.
Many religions teach, “This is the truth,” but Jesus says, “I am the truth.” Many leaders have said “This is the way,” but Jesus says, “I am the way.” Many spiritual masters have told us, “Do this and you will have life,” but Jesus says, “I will give you life.”
Two ways to get there
Suppose you are in a large, unfamiliar city, and you have to get to a particular destination. Unfortunately, you left your GPS at home and your cell phone is on the fritz…
You could ask for directions… and a kind stranger might tell you something like this: Take the #29 bus, get off at the second stop, go past the old cement works and over the bridge, go through the underpass and it’s right there on your left. Or you could take a taxi… You tell the taxi driver where you want to go, and he says, “Sure, I know where that is. I’ll take you there.”
Now suppose you decide to ask for directions, and just after you get on the #29 bus, the man who gave you directions has a heart attack and dies. It makes no difference to your journey, because you wrote down what he told you. You’re no longer dependent on him. All that matters, as far as your journey is concerned, is that he gave you the instructions before he died.
But suppose you’re in the taxi, and just as you’re going past the old cement works (in a run-down part of town), the taxi driver has a heart attack and dies. Now you’re stuck. You do not know the way to your destination, and the one you trusted to get you there was unable to do it.
The heart of Christianity is what Christ Himself will do for you. It is not the teachings that will save you; it is the Teacher himself. That is why Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection of Jesus. If Christ is not risen, then our faith is in vain. It will not get us where we want to go.
Everything hangs on whether Jesus is who He says He is…
…and whether He is able to do what He says He can do…
“No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Jesus not only says that He is personally able to take us to be with the Father; He also claims that He is the only one who can do this. Why? Because this is a place that no other man or woman has ever been. He came from the Father; He is able to take us to the Father.
We have to make a decision, and John says that the reason he has written his Gospel is “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you have life in his name” (John 20:31). What John says here really sums up the purpose of the whole Bible.
The question is: Do you believe Him? Will you put your trust in Him? Are you ready to stake your destiny on Him? He comes alongside and says, “I would like to take you to the Father.” Are you ready to get into the car?
This LifeKey is based on the message “Christ,” by Pastor Colin S. Smith, from the series, “Unlocking the Bible in John,” preached on May 20, 2001.