This week we are going to look at one of the most culturally believed lies. You may have heard it. You may of said it. You may even up until now believed it. It doesn't matter what you believe about God as long as you are sincere.
If you watch somebody on any day time talk show talking about “things of faith” they can talk with ease about ‘spirituality’ or a ‘higher power’ or the ‘universe blessing them’ and there is no problem at all. But whenever the name of Jesus is mentioned, there is controversy. What’s fascinating to me is this is almost no one denies the existence of Jesus. In fact even those who are cynical aren't going to try and tell you that he did not live. They are going to also acknowledge that he was a very wise teacher. His message of helping the poor, loving others, being generous and forgiving are phenomenal. Even if one hates Christianity, it is virtually impossible to hate the teaching of Jesus. So his detractors don't debate his existence or the beauty of his teaching.
So why do so many people get so upset at the name of Jesus? I believe people get rattled and bent out of shape because of the exclusive claim that Jesus made when asked by one of his disciples about the way to heaven.
"Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Boom! There it is. This is what sets Jesus apart from all other world religions. It's the exclusive claim that he and he alone is the way to the father. Jesus said I am THE way, not A way, not one of many ways, but the ONLY way to heaven.
Tomorrow we will look at why the cross of Christ offends so many people.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,
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