"And you know the way where I'm going." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way?" & 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: 4-6)
We live in very bizarre times! We legalize sin, killing infants at the time of birth and calling it choice, putting to death the elderly and those with severe illnesses, calling it mercy, all while legislating the one Truth which provides all the answers to all the questions, all the pain and all the confusion of the world. How can we doubt the presence of the enemy in the earth when lies and death are legally acceptable, and Truth and Life are politically incorrect?
Religion, in this "brave new world," has become accepted everywhere and everywhere – so long as it does not point the way to Jesus Christ. Buddha and his shrines have a regular sight in retail businesses. Wicca (the religion of witchcraft) is recognized by many as the fastest emerging religion among young people of high school age. Freedom of religion is touted, but the spoken name of Jesus is not only unacceptable, and can even lead to the arrest of children.
Ask the man on the street if he's going to heaven, and he's more than likely to tell you that he's gonna be because he's been a good person. " "Good" is such a relative concept that we have no choice but to conclude that he is trying the impossible – – to create his own road to heaven. Not knowing what it is or where it is, he can not possibly succeed!
There are many roads we could travel, and we have chosen the road we now travel. You may not excuse you; it is a matter of circumstances out of your control. True. many were set on the wrong road as children, but if we are right now on the wrong road, it is by our own choice. We can no longer blame our parents & # 39; ignorance for our walk outside the Truth! It's time to come to maturity.
Jesus encouraged His disciples, telling them, "I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14)
When asked how they were to know the way, Jesus made what remains one of the clearest statements imaginable. He says, "I am the way, and the truth (the essence of what is true) and the life (the god-kind of life), no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
In His conversation with Nicodemus (John 3: 1-21), Jesus says, "Truly truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he can not see (this denotes physical sight) the kingdom of God." He goes on to explain that physical birth brings one into the earth, but the rebirth of the human spirit by the Holy Spirit gives one an open door to the kingdom. He tells Nicodemus "you must be born from above." (verse 7) Furthermore, whoever (that's us) believes in Him will have eternal life (verse 16).
But how do we do this?
Romans 10: 9 gives us the process, "if you confess with your mouth (in total unity of consensus with the mind and spirit) Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. " The word used here for salvation is the Greek word sozo, which denotes both temporal (right here and now in this life), as well as eternal deliverance.
Have you acknowledged Jesus as the Way, the only Way? Perhaps you have, but you are allowed detours and side trips. If you did not acknowledge Him as the only Way, or if you'd like to get back on track, pray this prayer out loud and from your heart:
"Lord, I confess that I & # 39; I've been on the wrong road, one of my own making, Lord Jesus, I confess that too often I have done things my way, trying to create my own path to Heaven, crystal clear word, to make it seem more palatable.
"I confess now with my mouth that you stepped from heaven into the earth and took on human form, and You died for me, paying the penalty for my wrong doing, and Backer before the Throne. "
I confess the name of Jesus out my mouth as the One and Only Lord and Savior and I ask You to come in my heart and be my Personal Redeemer, the Lord of My Life and My Best Friend. I am now and forever Your own and You are mine. In Jesus name – Amen! "
Hallelujah If you prayed that prayer and really meant it from your heart, you are now born again and your feet are firmly planted on the only road to the Father. Your spirit is new and reborn, alive in Christ, but your flesh will only change as you give your spirit dominion through the Word