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)
What a bold statement Jesus is claiming in that verse above. For he is 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 in John’s Gospel where it says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes 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 believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (John 15:16)
Now, I myself have come to believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to have a true relationship with God the Father. For I was one of those who was running from God, wanting to live life my way and to do the things I wanted to do. This was true even though I knew deep inside I was doing wrong and that it was affecting me and others in a bad way. 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 really knew who He was until that day He opened my eyes. And for the first time in my life I understood who God was and realized that I can have a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus. And what else is exciting is the fact that He chose me when I was not looking for Him. So, I can’t in any way claim that it was my own efforts that made me right before Him. For its God who gets all the glory through our Lord Jesus. Amen.
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)
Now, remember what was said earlier about God giving us His only Begotten Son. This relationship that I have with God is because Jesus loved me and died for my sins. Therefore, by believing in what he has done, I am forgiven of every sin that I ever committed. This is true because he took my place by suffering for me, not only through beatings, whippings and being nailed to the cross, but he spent three days and nights in hell as well, suffering God’s wrath in our place. For it’s true that none of us can earn our forgiveness by doing good works. This is because they’re all based on our efforts and works which are like filthy rags (menstrual cloth) before God. (Isaiah 64:6) Therefore, Jesus became our perfect sinless sacrifice who took the penalty for every bad thing that we ever committed. This is true love my friends.
Now, let’s consider what Jesus gave up in order for us to be saved. For we know that before coming to earth, Jesus was the Word who was himself God and who was with God our Father. But he “emptied” himself of his heavenly attributes and became fully man in order to take on the sins of the world. 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)
That’s amazing my brothers and sisters in Christ. Our Savior Jesus gave up his position in heaven in order to be like us. This he did to show us the way to our God and Father and ultimately take upon himself the sins of the world. And what is also true, we shall see him at our resurrection. For God’s word says: “Beloved, now we are children of God and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” (1 John 3:2) And again we read: “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5) Did you grasp what was also said here? For we read that “we shall be like him” at our resurrection. That’s amazing brothers and sisters in Christ.
So, we can see that God the Father Himself paid a high price by giving His Son for our sins. What morning the Father must have went through seeing His Son so mistreated. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)
Now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn why God would punish all who refuse to except Jesus as their Savior. You see, we weren’t bought with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. (1st Peter 1:18-19) So that being said, God desires that none should perish in their sins. For we first read that: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) Next we read: ‘Say to them: ‘As I live,' says the Lord GOD, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you 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 eternal punishment. Amen.
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)
Now building on what was mentioned above, you can have true love, joy and peace in your life? For all you must do is repent of your sins and give your life over to Jesus Christ. Only then can you be filled with God’s Holy Spirit and see life in a whole new way. For it’s like being “Born Again.” (John 3:3, 1st Peter 1:22-23) And by walking after the Spirit, you can put to death that old life with all its sins and now live a life that's pleasing to God. (Romans 8:13) And what is also true, you’ll be so excited that you’ll want everyone to know about this new relationship that you have with God.
Therefore, by being aware of God’s presence in us, we can be effective by showing His love to other as well. In other words, a Spirit filled life can and should radically change our life and the lives of others. That’s what we’re called to do. So, let’s put off the works of darkness and set our mind on the things of God. Therefore: “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:16-21)
So, we are to walk after the Spirit to avoid the works of the flesh. For those who live after the flesh “will not inherit the kingdom of God” as mentioned above. So, let’s have that same attitude as the apostle Paul who said: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
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 His Son. Any other way would be empty, meaningless and could eventually lead you down a road of despair and destruction. So, please ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life and receive God’s Holy Spirit in your heart today. You will not regret it. Amen.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)