“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'”
John 14:6, NAS
Recent studies indicate that eighty-one percent of Americans claim a religion. That is the good news, but the bad news is that in 2001 more than 29.4 million Americans said that they had no religion, more than double the number from 1990. They now count for fourteen percent of the national population.
As reported in USA Today, “Those who claim to be ‘spiritual’ and not ‘religious’ have made a secular America, that is, one nation under whatever.” Many go on-line, out of doors, or inward for so-called spirituality that is untethered to scripture or theology. They have a potpourri of personal preferences. They stake their eternities on the subjective, not the objective.
Of course, those who have met the life-changing Christ and connected with His community, called the local church, have discovered a comfort and inspiration that is not found at the beach, the lake, or through introspection. We all need someone greater than ourselves to “save” us. The answer is not denominationalism, institutionalism, or religion, but rather a relationship with Jesus.
Jesus’ words, as recorded in John 14, are perhaps His clearest in all of the Gospels. John notes seven “I Am’s” in his Gospel. Though the term “the Way” was often used of Christianity in the Book of Acts, it particularly relates to Christ Who is “a new and living way.” (Hebrews 10:20) He not only shows the way by revealing it, but He is the Way by redeeming us.
Jesus is “The Truth” about life, God and heaven. He is totally dependable in all that He says, does and is. As “The Life” He is saying that mere physical existence is not enough. The only life worthy of the name is that which springs from Christ. No one can know the Father except through Him.
QUESTION: Are you trusting Christ alone for salvation? Who can you share Him with today?