It is sometimes suggested that Christians are narrow-minded and intolerant when, in a world full of religions, they tell people that Jesus is the only way to God. There is another way to look at this entire issue. Let’s frame the question this way:
Does Jesus have the qualifications to declare the way to God?
This is not just about how people get into heaven; it relates to the authority of Jesus. Does Jesus have the authority to tell us the way to God? Yes. The authority of Jesus is simply this:
- He came from God
- He entered the experience of death
- He came back from the dead
- He offers to take us to be with Him in the presence of God
Years ago, a tragedy occurred in California. A semi-religious group known as Heaven’s Gate committed mass suicide. The people followed the leader who said they could pass from this life to a better one. Essentially, he claimed to know away.
Jesus’ claim to be theway has much, much, much greater integrity. Jesus is able to say, in essence, I came from there and I am going there and then I will come back and take you to be with me. As theway, Jesus goes first.
We can take this a step further. Not only does Jesus have the authority to give life, He has the power to give life as well. Staying within the gospel of John, here are seven signs – miracles – that are recorded as evidence of the inherent power of Jesus:
- Changing water into wine at Cana in John 2:1-11
- Healing the royal official's son in Capernaum in John 4:46-54
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15
- Feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14
- Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-24
- Healing the man blind from birth in John 9:1-7
- The raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45
Jesus has both the power and the authority to promise and deliver eternal life to those who come to Him. All other competitors should be asked if they have better qualifications than Jesus.