Holding Up a Light
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In the mountains of Utah every week there is a church meeting where the curious gather from all over for what they hope will be a life-changing experience. They are dissatisfied with other religious ideas so they seek an alternate path to God by drinking a psychedelic tea that will kick in and take over their mind. Some start howling, some vomit in reaction to the drug, some laugh and repeatedly babble like a child while others crawl around on all fours.
This is part of a global trend of turning to this drink made by Brazilian shamen to somehow help achieve spiritual enlightenment. In a world where it is common to claim that there are many roads to God, Jesus stands out with a clear and simple message. Not only does He profess to be the prophesied Messiah, which got the Jewish religious leaders angry, He claims to be the only way to God.
And His message was not just for the Jews. His apostles echoed that the claim was for all of mankind and stood on a narrow pathway when they wrote that there is only one God, not a universe or unnamed deity. They further defined the boundaries of the path when they said there is only one mediator between God and Man, the person of Jesus Christ. No one else can be an advocate for you and I when we stand before the almighty judge of all. Worshiping a statue or a man-made concept is not a choice He leaves us with. We must recognize Jesus for being God in the flesh as He claimed or reject Him as a lunatic who was not worth paying attention to.
Why is man continually searching for an alternative to Jesus? Because they have rejected truth and Jesus’ claim that He is the source of truth. Modern man wants everyone to make up their own truth and Jesus stands opposed to that. Are you standing on the truth of Jesus Christ in your life? Are you willing to base your choices and priorities and outlook on His Word alone? This is not an act of exclusion toward others but as one holding up a light in a very dark space and inviting all to come out of it with you. You and I can point others to that light and it is Jesus.
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