Have you ever been called “intolerant” or “judgmental?” Or maybe you’ve heard something like: “Well, Jesus may be great for you, but…” or “There are many ways to God…” If you regularly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, chances are you’ve been called this and more. It seems our culture tolerates everything but God’s truth and those who proclaim it.
Last week, while reading in the book of John, something Jesus said struck me and I believe it applies to us today as we seek to share the Gospel of Jesus with others:
Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are really trusting God who sent me. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the darkness. If anyone hears me and doesn’t obey me, I am not his judge – for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the day of judgment by the truth I have spoken. I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me gave me His own instructions as to what I should say. And I know His instructions lead to eternal life; so I say whatever the Father tells me to say!” John 12:44-50, NLT
Can Christians – should Christians – tell others that Jesus is the only way of salvation, the only way to the only God?
Several truths found in this passage apply directly to this question:
- Jesus and the Father are eternally one and we cannot separate them.
- The Father – the one true God who makes up the rules – sent Jesus as the way of salvation.
- Anyone who rejects Jesus will be judged by this truth on the day of judgment.
We have been given the message of eternal life. That message is that we all stand condemned already because of our sin, but forgiveness and eternal life is offered through Jesus Christ and Him alone. When we share that Jesus is the only way to God, we are not being narrow-minded or condemning others. We are merely sharing the truth that God established because we want them to receive eternal life. Sharing Jesus is an offer of life!
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
If we truly, truly believe Jesus’ bold declaration than how can we keep it to ourselves? The eternal destination of our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers depend on their relationship with Jesus Christ.
How are we doing? How can we share this message of truth today?