Friday, March 20, 2020
Statements of absolutes are not popular. If fact, absolutes have been labeled as intolerance. However, without absolutes, life would cease to exist. The very science that seeks to disprove the absolutes of God’s creation is in fact regulated by the absolutes of math and scientific law. Without the absolutes of chemistry and biology, life could not exist.
Jesus taught absolutes. He did not qualify nor quantify truth to be adjustable to our individual preferences. He spoke simply and plainly, but with absolute authority to declare absolute truth.
One such absolute truth is highly offensive to our sinful world. Jesus said,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
Jesus did not say He was one of the ways to God. He did not say He was one of many equal truths. He did not say that He offered one of many options for experiencing life to the fullest. He clearly stated an absolute – I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
Then Jesus added this absolute truth – No one comes to the Father except through Me. He offered no other options. He didn’t say some could come through Him and others could find their way to God by another means. He clearly said that no one can come into an eternal relationship with God EXCEPT through Him.
We are all in a place of great need, and we have been offered an incredible gift that eliminates the need once and for all. But it is the only option. We cannot produce an alternative that meets the need. We will never find another way to have the need removed. But God, according to His incredible love for us, has provided for the need to be eternally removed.
The need we all have is for the forgiveness of sin and the removal of its consequence of death. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) “The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23) God has met that need once and for all in Jesus Christ. For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in [Jesus] we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21). There is no other way known to man or invented by man that can eternally remove the judgment of God against sin. Only by faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross can we be saved and forgiven.
This is an offensive message to many. It is declared to be narrow-minded and restrictive. But those statements are only true when considered from mankind’s perspective. When viewed from God’s perspective, the cross of Jesus Christ accomplishes everything necessary for eternal life. It is the broadest invitation possible, available to whomever will believe. Unbelief makes it narrow and restrictive. Belief produces the biggest perspective possible.
Have you thought about what will you do about your sin? Have you considered how will you exchange your guilt for eternal life? If you conclude that you can do nothing, then you are ready for faith in Jesus Christ, who already did it all for you. Trust His absolute truth. You can come to the Father through Him.