Why? Because He said so. Recorded in John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
A lot of people have a problem with this. Why can’t people of all beliefs get to Heaven? That is so close-minded. And if anything, it is unloving. If God really loves all people the way He says He does, He would allow all people into Heaven.
So let me address this question with an illustration and then share with you a few reasons Jesus is the only way to Heaven.
Suppose you were traveling on an airplane. You are 30,000 feet in the air and the pilot comes on the intercom and says that because of a mechanical failure they are going to have to make a crash landing. You get ready and the landing was worse than you expected. You smell smoke and the pilot comes back on the intercom and says, ‘The plane is on fire. You need to exit quickly through the door over the left wing.’ Is the pilot unloving because he told you this? There are other doors. Why can’t you just pick a door? Because all the other doors are unsafe. There is only one safe door out of the plane. The pilot is actually loving to tell you how to get out.
That is the same with Jesus. He is not unloving because He tells you the only way to Heaven. He is very loving to not only tell you the way but be the way.
So let me share with you 3 reasons why Jesus is the only way:
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” Jesus is God.
In a heated debate with His fellow Jesus, they asked Jesus, “Who do you think you are?” Jesus’s response is scandalous:
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” (John 8:56-59)
In this response, several things should be noted:
- Jesus affirmed His pre-existence. He was before his birth. How? He is God.
- Jesus claimed to be God. He applies to Himself the name all Jews recognized as God’s personal name – “I AM” (Ex. 3:13-14)
Larry King has interviewed over 30,000 people, including every president since Gerald Ford. He once said that if he could choose one person to interview from human history, he would interview Jesus Christ. He would like to ask Jesus “if He was indeed virgin born.” He said, “The answer to that question would define history for me. Why? Because it would be his proof that Jesus was God.
A primary reason Jesus is the only way to heaven is that He forgives sin and offers eternal life, something no other religious founder or leader has ever claimed. All of us are separated from God by sin. According to God’s holiness, each person must pay the penalty for sin (death). The only option is to find a willing, sin-free substitute to pay the penalty. Jesus Christ, God Himself, is the only possible substitute. Out of love, He willingly paid the penalty for every person in the world by dying on the cross. Those who believe and receive Him are forgiven their sins. Unless you are sinless or your sins are forgiven, you can’t go to Heaven. Jesus is the only payment for your sins.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” It’s simple. Either He was right or wrong. He didn’t say He was a way, but THE WAY. He left no other option.
Millions believe Jesus was a great moral teacher but do not believe He is the only way to Heaven. They are left with two possible options. Either He was lying or maybe a little crazy. Richard Dawkins suggested maybe he was mistaken. But this is just another form of crazy because people who believe they are other people are crazy. You can’t take what they say seriously.
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg – or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either He was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.” – C.S. Lewis
At the end of the day either Jesus is the only way to God because He , as God, gave His life to pay for your sins, or He is not. I am going to Heaven because I believe that and received Jesus as my own personal Lord and Savor. All religions, in some way, tell us that we have to work our way to God, that we have to impress God, whoever or whatever he might be. The gods of all other religions demanded sacrifices from its adherents. But here you have a God that not only demanded no ritual sacrifices from you but made the sacrifice – the ultimate sacrifice – for you. God has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. Jesus is the only way.
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