By Steve Greene
Over the past few weeks, we have considered some of the outlandish claims Jesus made.
In one instance, he claimed to be the only way to God. In John 14:6, he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.”
How do you respond to a statement like that? Everyone gets to choose for themselves. Have you thought about it? Will you reject Jesus’ claim completely? Will you choose to ignore what he said? Will you decide to put him off for now?
Perhaps you intend to get around to a response sometime, but right now, you may feel like there are more pressing concerns. Maybe you will choose to agree with him. Another option would be to accept him.
According to the Bible and the words of Jesus, the first four possibilities all lead to the same place — a Christless eternity in a place called hell. There’s such a big difference between the first option of rejecting Christ and the fourth possible response of agreeing with him.
But here is my concern. There is a very small distinction between agreeing with him and accepting him.
I want to invite you to make an informed decision about Jesus Christ today. If what you have read here the past few weeks makes sense, would you be willing to invite Jesus into your life today and accept the gift of eternal life that only he can make available?
If you already believe in Jesus, but you have been putting off a decision to follow him, I want to nudge you in the direction of making that decision today.
If you’ve never acted on your beliefs about Jesus, you need to know you are living in a state of lostness. To delay a decision to follow him is a rejection of his gift of grace, if only for the moment.
Satan probably won’t try to get you to say a straight out no to Jesus. Instead, his strategy is to get you to wait, which is the same as saying no to him, at least for now.
What will you choose? Based on the evidence, I am convinced Jesus is the only way, the only truth and the only one that can bring us eternal life.
In 1 Peter 3:18, we are told “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.”
Jesus is the only one who can offer us this incredible gift that will make a difference in your life for all eternity. What will you choose?