I believe that one of the most powerful lessons of John’s Gospel is how it lays out the ‘exclusivity’ of Jesus. This is a critical theological concept because it implies there is only one way to eternal salvation … and that is through Jesus Christ.
As you know, this is controversial today, because many believe there are multiple ways to the one true God. This is simply a lie from the pit of hell, and from Satan.
Jesus is the only way to the Father.
Let me preview three key verses of scripture you will be reading in the upcoming week of The John Experiment. These three scriptures serve as evidence for the exclusivity of Jesus as Lord and Savior.
1. JESUS SAYS I AM THE DOOR
John 10:8-9 reads:
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Many places in the Bible, especially in the New Testament, claim that there will be impersonators of Jesus … those who look all shiny and new (but are actually spewing false teaching.) Jesus calls them ‘thieves and robbers’ claiming they proclaim untrue messages.
In a very simple analogy, Jesus promises in John 10:8-9 that those who enter through ‘His’ door will be saved and receive eternal life.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught everyone on the mountainside that, “wide is the gate that leads to destruction [hell], and there are many who go by it.” Don’t be fooled. As Christians we must hold captive the exclusivity of Jesus and how it impacts the world around us, especially our own family members.
2. JESUS SAYS I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
The story is told in John 11:25-27:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
The center piece of the gospel of Jesus Christ is His resurrection. Eternal salvation depends on our belief that God raised Jesus from the dead on that Easter morning two-plus thousand years ago.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Again, this is a very simple message. With the death and resurrection of Jesus, God illustrates that all of us can be raised from the dead after we pass from this world. But we must first believe only in Jesus to receive this amazing gift.
3. JESUS SAYS I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE
Jesus was responding to his disciples in John 14:6 when he proclaimed:
“I amthe way,the truth, andthe life.No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me.”
One of my favorite verses is John 14:6 … one that I hold captive in my heart. There is no other eighteen-word-statement that clearly marks the exclusivity of Jesus.
We must begin with where does God the Father live?
The Father lives in heaven, specifically on his throne. The Apostle John actually supernaturally is given a first-hand witness of God’s heavenly throne. This is how he describes it in the Book of Revelation, “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.”
Do you want to witness the throne of Almighty God just as the Apostle John? Well, take a look again at the second half of John 14:6 … No one comes to the Fatherexcept through Me.
This, once again, demonstrates the exclusivity of Jesus.
To be a part of this exclusive club is free. Jesus paid the full price of our sin when he died on that cross two-plus thousand years ago on that hill called Golgotha just outside of Jerusalem.