Powerpoint - Apr. 7, 2011
The exclusivity of Christ as the way to the Father
April 7, 2011
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
One thing I’ve noticed in talking to people who aren’t saved is that many see Christians as part of an exclusive club that only a few people can enter. And in general, people don’t like things that are exclusive because there is a feeling of being ostracized when something is exclusive and you are left out.
But whether we like it or not, exclusivity is a way of life. As a Caucasian male, I’ll never be a Hispanic woman! That’s an exclusive group that I can never join. In the same way, I’ll probably never be in the book of Guinness World Records. That’s an exclusive group that only a select few with extraordinary abilities can join.
So while we like to have a dream that we’re all the same and we can just hold hands and sing Kumbaya, the reality is that we’re not all the same. So when Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” he was making a very exclusive statement.
Whether we like it or not, Jesus is the only person who can restore our fellowship with God and bring us into his Kingdom. And while that’s an exclusive statement, he invites everyone to receive him and receive his gift of salvation.
JESUS CLAIMED TO BE THE ONLY WAY TO THE FATHER, BUT HE INVITES EVERYONE TO RECEIVE HIM. SO EXTEND THAT INVITATION TO OTHERS BY LOVING THEM AND SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH THEM.
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