Jesus taught that there is a real heaven and a real hell. Everyone we know, love, and care about will spend eternity in one place or the other (Matthew 25:34, 46; Hebrews 9:27). And Jesus made an audacious claim about Himself. He said, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus boldly claims to be the only way to heaven.
This is why we must be on mission to share with others the good news that Jesus saves. The way. The truth. The life.
It’s significant that in the Greek language the definite article the word “the” in John 14:6 precedes each word – “way,” “truth,” and “life.” Jesus is not claiming to be a way, a truth, or a life. He’s claiming to be the way,the truth, and the life.
Imagine that you have a life-threatening illness. You know you need to get to a hospital. But you are in a strange town. You ask for directions. Suppose a person says, “Take the first right here, then go left at the next intersection. Veer right at the 3rd street you cross. When you come to a Y in the road, turn left. Go through an intersection with a 4 way stop sign…” Chances are you’d get lost halfway there.
But suppose a person says, “Get in my car. I’ll take you to the hospital. You can trust me. I know the way and the truth about the medicine you need. See, I am the only doctor in town. No one else can prescribe the meds for you. Only me.” In that case, the person is, temporally speaking, the way, the truth, and the life.
And that’s precisely the case with Jesus. He doesn’t point the way or draw some impersonal map. He is the way, the truth, and the life. The only way, truth, and life. For everyone.
This is why we must be “all in” when it comes to having New Life Conversations. Pastor Chad has asked us to average 2 New Life Conversations a month in 2015. Will you ask God to give you a greater burden, to show you myriads of opportunities (at least 2 a month), and to make you more and more bold for Him? Watch the conversation guide.