At one time or another we have probably heard these statements……. “You know, all religions lead to God.” – or – “Hey, all roads lead to heaven.
Well, if that’s true, then that would be like saying in order to call my cell phone all you need to do is simply dial any ten digits you choose. All calls end up in the same place. Wrong!
If you want to call me on my cell phone … there is only one set of numbers that work in order for you to reach me.
Well, Jesus never claimed to one of many ways to God. In fact, He made many exclusive statements, such as … “I Am the Way, I Am the Truth, and I Am the Life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 – NLT)
And yet, Jesus is very inclusive … He is the Savior all. He did not die for only a certain type of person. He died for the world He created. He desires a relationship with people of every color, every language, every culture, in every country on the planet.
Yes … what Jesus said is ‘exclusive’, but He is also incredibly ‘inclusive’!!
As His children, we are commanded to go to the ends of the earth and shout to everyone that “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Let’s be faithful to this command!
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This devotional thought is sent to you by:
Bob Richards, Pastor First Christian Church
41481 W. Morgan Avenue Pennington Gap, VA 24277