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The Way, The Truth, and The Life

April 3, 2012

We’ve started little league baseball with our four year old.  It’s his first time playing the game so it’s still very new to him.  And one of the things we’ve learned when teaching a child a sport, or any game for that matter, is that you have to start at square one.  You can’t just assume they know what to do.  So the first time they get up to bat, you literally have to place their feet where they are supposed to be…show them how to hold the bat…and in the event of them making contact…you have to tell them exactly where to run.

My hope is that you’ll take just a minute…that you’ll pull out your Bible…and read through John 14:1-6 today.

Jesus makes a radical claim in this passage.  If you’ve grown up in, or been around an evangelical church, you’ve heard it before.  But it’s a claim that has historically caused a lot of problems for the unbelieving world…so I really don’t think it can be overemphasized.  Specifically, I’m talking about in verse 6 when He tells His disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This isn’t the only place in the Bible that we see this claim being made.  In Acts 4:12 it says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Now, both of these passages presuppose the necessity of salvation.  You see, the need for salvation is a constant.  It’s not an “in case of emergency” type situation.  No, the Bible is clear…we all need saving…the emergency is clear and present.  And listen, understanding that reality is the foremost element of receiving salvation.  And so, because God has “put eternity into man’s heart” (Eccl. 3:11) humanity has always looked forward to a time when God would make things right.  So we’ve manufactured traditions, worldviews, and religions to answer the question of how we, as people, might be saved.  Jesus Christ answers that question for us when He says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  Nobody comes to the father except through me.”

Obviously this creates a problem for other faiths.  In fact, it creates a problem for anyone outside of Christ.  So now, in the interest of political correctness and the postmodern ideal of relative truth, we’re told that this claim of Christ has no place in modern society.  They aren’t willing to throw Jesus completely out the window…just the things that He said.  We’ve all heard the statement that Christ was just a good moral teacher, and maybe a prophet of some kind.  C.S. Lewis had a response to that notion that in short said that Jesus, who claimed to be God, is either a liar, a lunatic, or He is Lord.  But He cannot be all three.  Sometimes there is only one path.

The first time my son got up to bat and hit the ball, he had to be told to run to first base.  Beyond that, he had to be shown where first base was…and then second, and third, and on to home plate.  This is, in the game of baseball, the only path one can take to score the run for their team…there’s no alternative. How terrible would it be for me to teach my son to run the bases in any order he chooses?  Nobody would consider me gracious.  Nobody would say that I have trained him rightly…even if he really wanted to go the wrong way, and he pitched a fit for being corrected.  They would rightly call me a fool…certainly not merciful…for I would have clearly led him down the wrong path.  How much greater is the responsibility for a Christian?  Being shown the way of salvation, what sort of a friend, coworker, brother, cousin, father, or neighbor would I be if I stood by and watched those around me run down the paths of condemnation without ever sharing with them the truth of salvation?  I won’t be that guy…in Christ, I can’t be that guy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2012 9:40 am

    That’s a beautiful analogy and message. Thanks for relaying it to us, Adam!

  2. laurimwilliams permalink
    April 10, 2012 12:57 pm

    What a visual image you gave for the path to Christ. Wow. Thank you for your devotion to these. Such a highlight of each week for me….

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