Ever Wonder Why | Part 2 | Ever Wonder Why Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven? 30 Jun

“Jesus is the ONLY way to God!” Wait, isn’t that statement narrow and intolerant? Absolutely, unless it’s true. Join us as we dig into one of the most controversial statements of Jesus. #GCEverWonderWhy

Ever Wonder Why Jesus is the only way?

Resources on this topic:

Video: How Can Jesus Be the Only Way?

Article: William Lane Craig, “How Can Christ Be the Only Way to God?”

Website: GaryHabermas.com

Book: Gary Habermas, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Book: Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ

Book: Nabeel Qureshi, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Book: Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods

Book: Andy Stanley, How Good is Good Enough?


 

American assumptions:

  • 90% of Americans believe in Heaven
  • 30% of Americans believe in Hell
  • “Good people go to Heaven”
  • “All religions are essentially the same”
    • Coexist
    • The Elephant Analogy

4 Fundamental Questions:

  1. Meaning
  2. Morality
  3. Origin
  4. Destiny

A study in contradictory core beliefs:

  • Islam v. Buddhism
  • Atheism v. Hinduism

The Problem with the Elephant Analogy: The 5th Person (Jesus, who sees the full picture and reveals the whole “elephant”)

 

Jesus is the only way to God:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 NIV

“I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.” Jesus answered, “I who speak to you am He.” – John 4:25-26 NIV

Jesus is God:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13 NIV

16 “All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:16-17 NIV

Jesus Is The Only Way:

  • The Thief on the Cross (power to forgive ANY who trust in Him)
  • Jesus never said it was fair.

What if I don’t believe in Jesus or the Bible?

  • We have more evidence for Jesus than most Roman emperors:
    • Julius Caesar
    • Tiberius
    • Bart Ehrman (a N.T. scholar and atheist who agrees with the historical evidence that Jesus existed)

The most important question: is whether or not Jesus physically rose from the dead.

3 “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers and sisters at the same time… 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all He appeared to me also…” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 NIV

17 “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those who have fallen asleep [died] in Christ are lost.”- 1 Corinthians 15:17-18 NIV

Jesus Is The Only Way:

  • None of these people (Jesus’ disciples, witnesses) read about the resurrection in a book, they witnessed it or talked to eyewitnesses.
  • They died horrible deaths because they believed the resurrection happened

Resurrection expert: Gary Habermas, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

What about those who have never heard of Jesus?
(God is sovereign enough to ensure that those who would respond to the Gospel, hear the message and have a chance to do so. He knows them and can use creation, dreams/visions, to reveal Himself if He desires.)

  • Jeremiah 1:5
  • Psalm 139
  • Acts 17

1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies display His craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. 3 They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world….” – Psalm 19:1-4 NLT

“Isa” dreams of Muslims who then come to know the true Jesus.

  • Do you trust God (with those who have never heard)?
  • What are you doing about it (about those who have never heard?

 

Jesus Is The Only Way:

  • The Gospel is not about fairness, it’s about forgiveness.
  • The good news of Jesus is that God set fairness aside and gave us grace and mercy instead.

 

Jesus is the fairest system of all:

  • Everybody is welcome.
  • Everybody gets in the same way.
  • Everybody can meet the standard.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NIV

 

Jesus Is The Only Way: How do you know? The tomb is empty.

“For there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we are saved.” – Acts 4:12 NIV

 

If Jesus is the only way and the resurrection happened, then there is a final solution and response/answer to death: eternal life in Jesus Christ!

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