Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
In that passage above, we have Jesus declaring that there is no other way to God the Father except through him, and him alone. We can see this also to be true where John the apostle writes: “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Now, I have come to believe that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to have a true relationship with God the Father. For I myself was one of those who was running from God. I wanted to live life my way and to do the things I wanted to do. This was true even though I knew what I was doing was wrong and was affecting others too. But the good news is that one day while I was wallowing in my sin and feeling so lost, God reveled His Son to me in a real way. You see, I heard about Jesus Christ and even went to church when I was young. However, I never had a true relationship with Jesus until that day he opened my eyes. And for the first time in my life I understood who God the Father was and realized that I can actually have a relationship with him through faith in Jesus Christ. And what else is exciting is the fact that God reached out to me while I was lost in sin and not even looking for him.
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
As said above, this relationship that I have with God is because Jesus loved me and died for my sins. This he did so that I can be forgiven of all the wrongs that I have done. He took my place by suffering for me, not only through beatings, whippings and being nailed to the cross, but he also suffered affliction for three days and nights in hell. Therefore, none of us can earn our forgiveness by doing good works. This is because they’re based on our efforts and works and not on the finished work which Jesus has done. For Jesus is our perfect sinless sacrifice who took the penalty for every sinful thing that we have committed. This is true love indeed.
And let’s also consider what Jesus gave up to do all this. For we know before coming to earth, Jesus was the Word who was one with God the Father. But he “emptied” himself of his heavenly attributes and became fully man. This Jesus did in order to show us the way and take on the sins of the world upon himself. For we read: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)
But the good news is, those “pains of death” could not keep hold of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For we read: “Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.” (Acts 2:23-24) So now, our Savior is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for us. For we read: “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Romans 8:34) And again we read: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25) So, let’s take comfort in the fact that God loves us and cares for us. And in return, let’s live a life that’s pleasing to Him. Amen.
So, we can see that God the Father Himself paid a high price by giving His Son for our sins. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19). Therefore, Jesus is our only hope. For we being sinners can’t enter heaven through our own good works. For we are already guilty of sin and therefore worthy of death. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Jesus being righteous and without sin, was able to take on all our sins upon himself. This he did to bring us to God the Father. For God desires that none should perish, for “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) So, we see that God doesn’t want us to die in our sins but to receive His Son and spend all eternity with Him in paradise. “Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11) So, that’s why I love God with my whole being because He thought of me and saved me from all my sins.
So, my hope and prayer is simply this, that you would turn your life over to God and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. And by so doing, you will receive God’s Holy Spirit who will lead you through this life. And what would be the results of this? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) And not only that, but God will expose any sin in your life that must be put away. For: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10) So, we must confess that we have sinned and then be willing to let go of all our sins. And in so doing, you will find true peace with God. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
There is a God who is real and loves you so much. He’ll bring true meaning and purpose into your life if you’ll just give yourself over to Jesus Christ. Any other way would be empty, meaningless and could eventually could keep you from eternal life in heaven. And let’s remember that everybody is going to bow the knee to Jesus one day. This is true for both those of us who love him, and those who hate him. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)
(Scriptures taken from the King James Version unless noted)
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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.