Why Is Jesus the Only Way?
July 18, 2002
ILLUS: On Tuesday of this week, I was sitting in the waiting room of a car body shop, waiting for a Hertz Rental driver to pick me up. While sitting there, I became involved in a friendly conversation with a man sitting next to me. I asked him what kind of work he did. He shared with me that he owned a restaurant in the downtown area, and was at the body shop to have some minor repairs done to his car.
He then asked me what kind of work I was in. I told him I was the pastor of a local Baptist church, to which he replied, "I think that's great. I'm religious, too. I'm into everything. I have a shrine I've put together in my living room. I have a statue of Mary, a statue of Buddha...I've even got some voodoo stuff. It's all the same," he said, "whatever works. It all leads to the same place."
I said, "Well, sir, there's a problem with that smorgasbord, buffet style of religion. The Bible says, in quoting Jesus, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh not the Father but by Me." The pretty much ended the conversation. He responded, "I never argue with anyone about religion."
I could tell it was time to move to another subject.
Here was a man who was willing to listen to anything and accept everything in the name of religion, but wanted nothing to do with Jesus.
1. There is coming a day when all Christ rejecters will acknowledge Him as Lord, a time, Paul wrote, when "every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:11).
2. But then it will be too late. I am reminded of Proverbs 1:29, "Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord."
3. We come back to our question, "Why is Jesus the only way?" Why can't a man pick his own religion, his own s ...
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