Monday, June 24 2024

Bible Reading for: May 23

John 5:18–29

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. You can only get to Heaven if you choose Truth, choose Life.

Today’s reading is very short, but I think it is packed with great truth. I’ve heard people who have spent a lifetime in the church say that there are other ways to God other than Jesus Christ. It seems to me, this is their way of trying to reconcile various religions for the sake of peace. While Jesus is the Prince of Peace, He Himself says that He came not to bring peace but division.

Luke 12:51-53 ESV
“Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Peace cannot be had on false grounds. It is only on a foundation of truth, that peace can be built. Jesus is the truth. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but not the Son of God. Only those who hear the words of Jesus, and believe them, will be saved.

John 5:22-25 ESV
“The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.”

Christianity and Islam cannot both be right about Jesus. One of them is right and one of them is wrong. This is the point Jesus was making. Not only will we Christians be divided from other religions, we will also be divided from friends and family who don’t acknowledge Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.

John 14:6 ESV
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”

You either accept Jesus for who He truly is, or you reject Him. There is no middle ground here. You cannot build peace on a lie or a half-truth. This truth about Jesus divides us from those who deny that truth.

There is one more thing of which I want to make note. In John 5:25 Jesus says “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” The lost are dead. They will either hear and accept the truth of Jesus Christ or they will not. If they hear and respond, they will live. If they do not, they will remain dead. This is an important distinction. We think we will die if we don’t accept Christ, but the truth of the matter is we are already dead without Christ. God doesn’t condemn people to death; they have chosen death. God offers life. If you don’t accept life, you remain dead. It is just that simple.

Victorem Vivere! (Live Victorious!)

Your brother and servant in Christ,
Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

Alternate Reading Plans
Bible Order: 2 Chronicles 35 – Ezra 1
Chronological Order: Psalms 95, 97-99
Old Testament Only: 1 Kings 9–10

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