This is Day Twenty-Six of Christ Church Manchester’s lent devotionals, where we are breaking down the book of John. Written by Andrew Dowdeswell.
John 14: 1 – 14:
And here we are. At the Holy Grail of Christian debate. Arriving in a tentative fashion, unpicking the pages of my bible as if it’s a nuclear bomb because I know what’s coming, reading the passage through splayed fingers covering eyes half-closed out of fear, it is one of the central debates in Christian Theology that I must now come to write on.
Yep, you guessed it. How are we saved?
In today’s passage, Jesus utters the immortal words: ” I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
It is a phrase that has been digested and deciphered throughout the Church history. One that the central pillar of the teaching of God’s grace, that salvation is through faith, has been founded upon.
Jesus claims that He is the only way to the Father. He does not claim to be one of the many ways. He does not claim to be part of the way or a section that we must haul ourselves through. No. He proclaims that He and only He can offer salvation.
Why? Well, it’s all quite simple actually.
Because of His death, His resurrection, His taking of our punishment, His forgiveness of our sins, His conquering of Evil and His seating at the right hand of the Father.
Only Jesus has overcome the powers of the grave, only Jesus can give us life, spiritually rebirthing us, only Jesus can forgive us of our sins, only Jesus can offer us our salvation.
So, when someone claims that they are saved through the works, or that they are saved through their friend’s testimony, or that they are saved through their words, or that they are saved through their religion, they fall short of the requirements of God the Father’s salvation. There is only one requirement and that is sinlessness: utter perfection.
There is only one requirement and that is sinlessness: utter perfection. And the only way to receive that is through Jesus.
Written by:Andy Dowdeswell