All roads do not lead to God. Your acceptance or denial of this fact does not make it more or less true. The Bible, from beginning to end, has one singular message, and that message is summarized in the above verse, and that message is that you must be saved by Jesus Christ alone.
For those who have been reading my blog the last three weeks, you know that I have been writing about the fundamentals of salvation. As I stated before, I have been awakened to the fact that many people do not know the Gospel. They are casual when it comes to understanding who God is, who they are, and why they should care. This is dangerous…eternally dangerous.
Why is it dangerous? Look at the words of the above verse. Two words jump out at me, “salvation” and “saved.” These type of words have become white noise in our culture, but they should make us sit up and listen and ask, “What do you mean saved? Saved from what?”
Think about almost every movie you have ever watched. The typical story line involves character development, tragedy, and then salvation. No matter who you are, where you live, and what your interests are, everyone is drawn to this type of story. We love to see desperate times and a heroic figure sweep in and save the day. Why do these stories resonate with us? Because this is the story of humanity. Because this is your story.
As I stated last week, every single person is guilty before an infinitely Holy God. (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23). Breaking God’s law comes with consequences that match the crime. Since God is infinitely Holy, our punishment must hold us infinitely accountable. Perhaps I have used this example before, but imagine punching your brother and the consequences, now imagine punching your boss and the consequences, now imagine punching a police officer and the consequences, now imagine punching a judge and the consequences, now imagine punching the President of the United States and the consequences. Each time the action is the same, but the level of punishment rises due to the position of authority. With each degree of authority comes an increasing degree of punishment. Now imagine if the degree of authority is infinite. What is the equal punishment? Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:26, that the punishment is “eternal punishment.” Other times, Jesus calls this place Hell.
And this is the ultimate tragedy of humanity’s story. This is what we need a hero for. This is why Jesus became a person, to save us from Hell. Once again, not believing this does not change the truth of the matter. Whether we accept it or not, this is our destiny apart from some sort of intervention. Praise God that He does choose to intervene. His choice of intervention is singular, which makes sense. If you are God, you only need one solution to the problem, not a plan A and a plan B. God’s plan of saving us came with a name, Jesus. (By the way “Jesus” means “The Lord is Salvation” and was given to him by God, “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21)
Despite our offenses against an infinitely Holy God, He mercifully provides us with a pathway to salvation. Jesus is like a life preserver that is thrown to us, so that we grab hold of it and are brought to safety. And make no mistake; God has not thrown multiple life preservers, only One. There is only one way in which to avoid the eternal punishment that is waiting for us, and as I stated before this way has a name, Jesus.
The choice is yours. If you want to avoid eternal punishment you must accept the name of Jesus to save your soul, or you can try to do it yourself and drown in the eternal lake of fire.