Jerusalem Times Headlines: Christ Followers Arrested for Preaching Exclusive Salvation
October 31, 2004
INTRODUCTION: The Person of Jesus and the preaching of Jesus caused quite a controversy in the first century. Not only did Jesus make many exclusive claims, but His followers followed His steps (1 Peter 2:21)
NOTE: Jesus' exclusive claim in John 14:6.
John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
In this verse, the exclusiveness of Jesus as the only approach to the Father is emphatic. Exclusive – Webster defines as excluding all others; not shared or divided; sole; not including.
Notes Christ followers' exclusive claim in Acts 4:12 (Peter)
Acts 4:12, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone
Jesus, in His closing remarks in the Beatitudes, spoke of two roads: one leading to life and one leading to death
Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."
In approximately 90 days around the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, there were some nine meetings of the Sanhedrin, all seeking to terminate the work of the Lord, both before and after His cross.
5 meetings before the cross (concerning Jesus)
1 meeting on resurrection morning (gave money to soldiers)
3 meetings after the resurrection (stop the movement)
The word "Sanhedrin" (council) was the term used by the rabbis, both for the supreme council and court in Jerusalem of 71 members. In the New Testament, the Sanhedrin was a body dominated by the high priest and the aristocratic Sadducees.
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