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The Only Way. John 14.6~John #71

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

podcast: It was about eight o’clock in the evening, and it had been a long day for me … I stepped into the kitchen just to doff my hat, so to speak, and say ‘g’night’ to the attorney-husband of my new friend. Apparently, he was in the mood to talk and began to ask some questions about what I do … in short order, he said, “You Christians are all alike--so arrogant, saying Jesus is the only way to God. Do you know how many fine people I know? ‘You want to stand there and tell me because they don’t believe in your Jesus, your loving God is going to send them to Hell?”  I was too tired to be clever, so I gave him straight-up, simple truth … “Well, Joe…I’m not really here to argue with you—(being that he is a litigator, I was not apt to win an argument anyway!)—all of us choose to live our lives by a set of values, whether we are conscious of it or not… for me, the standard I have chosen is the Bible. The more I know of it, the more I study it, the more valuable I find it to be! So yes, you are right about Jesus being the only way to God, and I didn’t say it, he did. And then I quoted Jesus’ words, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”     Now may I just give you another perspective for one moment? Folks throughout history have wanted to argue the narrowness of the gate—that Jesus is the only way to God--but do you think it is possible that God the Father at one time argued with himself about WHETHER OR NOT THERE MIGHT BE SOME OTHER WAY THAN TO GIVE UP HIS BELOVED SON … rather than to see him rejected, tortured and crucified for mankind? Stop and think for a moment of giving up your child for another’s wrong-doing…. ‘Don’t have a child? Think about sacrificing someone you love or your beloved dog … Never! You would not do it. Now, just imagine that you were benevolent enough and get this—that your adult son was willing to go along with it—in spite of all it cost him … what kind of a parent would you be if you allowed him to go through with it if there were alternate ways to Heaven? Hmmm … another perspective—looking at it from God’s heart and what it cost him … ‘helpful to see another reason why Jesus is the only way to the Father. 5/Prayer: Lord Jesus, Savior, Shepherd, Best Friend . . . thank you for making the way for me to go straight to the Father in prayer in this life and forever! You are good! Praise. Repent. Ask. Listen.Thank him for his good gifts. 5/Worship: Is He Worthy? Shane & Shane Christine

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