Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Sure Thing



John 10:9-10 (NLT)
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Pastor Karen gave an excellent message Sunday about Jesus the gate.  It followed closely behind an excellent question by one of our confirmation students:  How can we be sure Christianity is the way to heaven?  What about other religions?

We don’t like to exclude anyone.  We don’t like it when Jesus says the path to heaven is narrow and hard.  We ignore when Jesus says the only way to the Father is through Him.  We want all good people to get to heaven.  Our God is a big God and perhaps He has a plan for everyone, but that’s not a sure thing.  

However, we know for sure that we can live eternally in God’s presence by believing and following Jesus.  Jesus is the way.  Better yet, this scripture says Jesus came to give fullness of life right now in this life when we serve Him and live according to His teaching.  Why mess with a sure thing?

What about other religions?  I can’t know.  I’m not the judge.  What I do know is that my life is filled with peace, joy, love and confident hope because of my relationship with Jesus and I pray that you will experience this fullness too.

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