In today’s pluralistic world, the most controversial statement that Jesus ever made concerned Himself. He said, “I am the way. I am the truth. And I am the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” It was offensive in the first century; yet today, it is even more offensive. People of other religions are outraged at it. Secularists are appalled by it. Many see it as outrageous and arrogant. They believe that there are many ways to God, thinking everybody can just find his or her own way through different paths.
I have to admit Jesus did make a pretty shocking statement. It is so exclusive vs. inclusive. It raises these questions: “Is this true?” or “Is Jesus a liar or a madman?”
I’m often asked, “Why do Christians feel like you have the only way to God?” We don’t, but Jesus does! He is the one who made this exclusive claim. Each person just has to decide if he/she believes Jesus is telling the truth, and is the Truth.
Yet, as exclusive as it is about the one and only one way to the Father, Jesus is the most inclusive man who ever lived. He came to give His life for all, so that all might know the Father. Yes, there is only one way, but everyone is invited to know the way. Over the course of the next few days, we will deal with this most amazing and offensive claim that Jesus made about Himself. It will be up to you to decide. If it’s true, it means everything. If it is not true, you surely don’t want to believe a liar, or at best, a misguided fool.
See you back here tomorrow!