Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”John 14:6
It was a hot, August evening in 1973 and there I was, wandering aimlessly down Bourbon Street looking for who knows what. I found myself in an argument with some cult member trying to recruit converts and donations from the drunken crowd. What a joke, stoned and drunk with a backdrop of bars and strip clubs and I was arguing about the Bible. No wonder God sits in the heavens and laughs. It was in that foolish argument that the Spirit of the Lord began to speak to me. I suddenly found myself quoting a long forgotten Bible verse learned in Sunday School many years before, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Obviously this verse coming out of my own mouth was God’s word to me. Through the fog of rebellion, booze, and pot I suddenly began to see a ray of light. There was salvation offered to me through Christ alone, there was no other way. Here are some powerful words from Martin Luther, pay close attention.
“What does it mean to come to the Father? It means nothing else but to come from death to life, from sin and condemnation to innocence and godliness, from distress and sorrow to eternal joy and blessedness. Christ is saying, “No one should try to come to the Father through a different way than me. I alone am the way and the truth and the life.” Christ clearly rules out and powerfully disproves all teaching that salvation can be obtained by works. He completely denies that we can get to heaven by any other way. For Jesus says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is no other way. Salvation can be obtained only by a faith that clings to Christ. No work of ours—or of any other person or saint—can have this same honor….Though everyone else may abandon me and leave me lying in ruins, I will still have an eternal treasure that can never fail me. This treasure isn’t the result of my own works or efforts. The treasure is Christ—the way, the truth, and the life.”
Wow! I love that, “Salvation can be obtained by faith that clings to Christ”. So let’s get started, start clinging. Maybe you too have been wandering in that fog of unbelief, look to Jesus, He is the only way out.