Friday, April 24, 2009

Celebrate Jesus...Jesus is the only way to heaven!

This Sunday in our Celebrate Jesus Decade by Decade message series we will move into the 1990’s as we focus on the fact that Jesus is the only way to heaven from John 14:1-6 in which we discover that it is all about four things.

First, it’s all about a peace. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” This word literally described the stirring of waters (John 5:7). Figuratively, it spoke of spiritual or mental irritation or anguish. When Jesus spoke these words He was talking to His disciples who were troubled. Jesus had just told them that one of them would betray Him (13:21); that Peter would deny Him (13:38); and that He would soon be leaving them (13:33). Jesus commands them that in the same way that they believe in God, they should also believe in Him. This is written in the present tense showing ongoing belief…“keep on believing in Me!”

Second, it’s all about a place. Jesus went on to say that “In My Father’s house (a reference to heaven) are many dwelling places (showing the vastness of heaven).” A more specific description of this place is given in Revelation 21:9-27.

Third, it’s all about a promise. Just as sure as Jesus was going to be soon returning to the Father, He also promised that He would again return for His own. “I will come again” is a reference to the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4).

Finally, it’s all about a person. Jesus alone is the way to God! “Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep...I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved.’” (John 10:7-9). Acts 4:12 says “there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus alone is the truth about God! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14, 17). John 18:37 says, “Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’”

Jesus posses the life of God! “In Him was life and the life was the Light of men.” (John 1:4). In John 11:25-26 we read, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’”

The Bible teaches that God may be approached exclusively through His only-begotten Son, Jesus. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.” (1 Timothy 2:5)

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