I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me
I’ve had discussions with other Christians over this verse in the bible. Usually after they say that they don’t think that “good people” will be turned away from heaven by Jesus. Those that give money to charities or work with sick children, etc. If they don’t believe in God, they will soon find out He is real and since they have been “good people” they will be in heaven with us. One bible verse shown to them and their theory is shattered and they are so very confused. The murderer who repents to God and believes will be in heaven. The “good person” who worked with blind children and helped them be successful in life but doesn’t believe in Jesus, will not. How can that be?? It can lead to quite a conversation!
For me, it’s easy, I accept this as truth. Jesus didn’t ask me how I’d like the “rules” to be. He just told me what they are and I accept it. I know that’s not so easy for others. And believe me, knowing this truth keeps me up at night. Friends, family, coworkers who don’t know Jesus or believe in Him, the thought of those I love not being with us in heaven is almost unbearable. It’s that truth that keeps me going. That truth keeps me try ing to show them who Jesus is through me so they understand the love and authority that rules my life. It is His model I am to portray in the world so that others can see and believe too.
I can only imagine how the Old Testament Jews were thinking and feeling! Here is this guy, claiming to be the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, telling them a new thing. This Jesus guy, wasn’t what they expected. He was a human…from Nazareth…who broke the rules of the Sabbath. I am impressed with those that followed him and believed and it seems to have been quite unpopular to do so. You could even be killed for it. How brave they were! The way, the truth and the life were through the Torah for the Jews back then. Jesus was now claiming He was God, this human…c’mon…how can that be? God would certainly come in BIGGER than that, wouldn't He? When I put myself in the shoes of those folks, I wonder, would I have the faith to leap into life with Jesus? I hope I would have that courage and awaking of faith to follow.