On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me “the way.”
When you see a “One Way” street sign do you ignore the sign and go your own way? The world’s sign reads “This Way” and God’s sign reads “My Way.” Which way are you going?
The religions of the world are teaching that all roads lead to the same destination: heaven. Even at Christmastime, the teaching is about being good or bad with Santa Claus. If you live a good life you will get to heaven. The common thinking in society is we will face judgment. Judgment will be simple addition and subtraction. You will add up all the good things you did then subtract the bad things. Good things would be like helping children, volunteering your time for charity, helping in a soup kitchen, saying kind words and donating money. You already know the bad things. If you have a positive score you enter into heaven.
There are two roads to travel: one is broad and the other is narrow. The broad road involves addition and subtraction. I am a good person and lived a good life. This road is wide with lots of people traveling this road. They share a common world view and pass it on generationally.
Then there is the narrow road which few travel because it is like going down the street the right direction – “God’s Way.” Meanwhile, the mass transit system, society and the world are going the opposite direction – the “all roads lead to heaven” mentality. The street sign is pointing everyone to go one direction and you are going against the flow.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME.” John 14:6
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
There is only one narrow road which leads to the forgiveness of sin. It takes more courage to confess your sin and repent than to walk in stubborn foolishness and rebellion against God. It takes courage to walk the narrow road seeking God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength when others are going the opposite direction. It takes courage to repent and seek reconciliation with Holy God. Jesus is the only way for forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God. It is by God’s grace you are saved from sin. It is not about addition and subtraction and being good or bad. Jesus died for all to save the world. Seeking righteousness and avoiding wickedness comes as a result of the work of Jesus Christ in your life. HE has redeemed you through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. You want to shout and tell everyone about the “Good News and the Way.” Merry Christmas! Christ is the way.
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